Monday, October 31, 2011

Jay Parks Sing Nothing On You at brave brother's club

[Billboard Korea] Singer-songwriter, Jay Park performed at Brave Brother's club opening.

Last week on 28th~29th, Jay Park performed at a hip-hip club near Gangnam, Shinsa-dong celebrating 'PHANTOM' opening with B.O.B's Nothing On You.

Even up until today, Jay Park manage to make the crowd go wild with his passionate rap and dance technique at PHANTOM.


Bilboard Korea News


Jay park New Single 'girlfriend' still cuts released

Singer Jay Park comes back with a new single after 7 months.

Digital single, 'Girlfriend' will be release on 2nd after midnight (3rd) November 2011 to the public on various music sites.

This digital single 'Girlfriend' is written and composed by Jay Park. It's an R&B song about a man confessing his love to a woman he is in love with.

Contrary to his previous album's title song Abandoned, this song has a sweet style melody and lyrics to it. A teaser of the music video of this single will be released later this evening (31st October).

On the other hand, Jay Park will appear on <2011 Style Icon Awards> held at CJ E&M Center on 3rd November 2011. He will be performing 'Girlfriend' for the first time on stage on that day.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Yoo Ah-in goes geek chic

I know — more Yoo Ah-in? But when is that ever a bad thing? Here he is, sporting some dandified looks for menswear line ZIOZIA, making him look surprisingly mature. I would’ve guessed Yoo Ah-in in a suit would be like a little kid playing dress-up, but sometimes, the suit makes the man. I have to say though, the geeky glasses are pretty much the entire reason for this post. He’s channeling some Gong Yoo in a major way, and it’s making me crazy.
What is it about the hot guy trapped inside a pair of geeky glasses? I know it’s not just me. Is this our equivalent of the sexy librarian thing? Is that just a universal trope across genders? Where have all the sexy male librarians gone?
Via Chosun & Dramabeans

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Rain’s Little Sister Jung Ha Na Reveals Rain’s Letter, “I’m Fine, Don’t Worry”

Rain’s first letter while at training school for his military service was revealed. On October 15, through her Cyworld Mini-Homepage Rain’s little sister Jung Ha Na posted a picture of the package that rain sent, and also the letter.

Rain’s little sister said, “The package arrived today. When I received it I was fine, but the moment I started reading the letter I started to cry. I cried when I read, ‘To my sister who I love most in the world’ and laughed when he asked me to wash our dog Baek Goo.”

She also stated, “After looking at his picture I felt a lot better.”

Rain also wrote to his little sister, “Always remember to lock the door, be careful when you go out at night, and be careful of cars! I am doing really well so you don’t have to worry about me.”
Rain’s little sister wrote on her Mini-Homepage for fans, “My brother is doing well so don’t worry too much about him.”

On October 11, Rain was dispatched to Division 5 (located in Gyeonggi Province) as a trainee soldier.

p/s: Glad to know it from his sister... isn't he sweet?

MC Mong: “I Probably Am a Dead Man Already”

On Oct. 19, MC Mong, the embattled rapper who all but vanished from public view following the alleged military dodging scandal, gave his final defense at the fourth hearing of the trial at the Seoul Central Court.

MC Mong started out by saying, “As the past year went by, being guilty or not guilty became meaningless to me. It’s been very hard for me as well as my family members…I love being around people, but because of the scandal, I didn’t step out of my house at all the past year. I can’t even make eye contact with people anymore. I probably am a dead man already. I don’t know how much more I have to reveal myself to make people believe me. Everything is my fault and I regret everything.”

He also revealed that his father is visually impaired, continuing to say, “Just like my father, I’m suffering from glaucoma, so I just thought I didn’t necessarily have to enlist in the military. I’m also a bit slow to these things and so didn’t get any eye treatment.”

To close out his statement, MC Mong said, “I have no intention of returning to the entertainment industry, nor do I dream of producing music in the future. I just want to lead a normal life. For the rest of my life, I will do volunteer work and publicly apologize my wrongdoings.”

MC Mong has been charged for intentionally extracting teeth in order to avoid the two-year mandatory military service in Korea. He was initially given a six-month jail sentence, one year probation, and 120 hours of public service. Meanwhile, the prosecutors demanded a two year sentence for MC Mong at today’s trial. MC Mong’s attorneys, however, rejected the demand. The next hearing will take place on Nov. 16.

Source: Soompi

p/s: I still hope Mc Mong will return :( it must be hard for him to not doing what he love the most...
I must be lack of judgement if I refuse someone talented as him... hmmm

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Won Bin wins popularity award at ‘48th Daejong Film Awards’

On the evening of October 17th, the ‘48th Daejong Film Award’ ceremony was held at the Sejong Center for Performing Arts. During the ceremony, an online polling system was featured for netizens to pick the most popular actor/actress of the year. Despite the fact that Won Bin did not act in any film in 2011, his popularity still runs high as he acquired the most votes to claim the Most Popular Actor of 2011 Award.

Through his acceptance speech he said, “I’m not sure if I’m qualified to accept this award. Thank you so much.” Hostess Jang Seo Hee who was standing beside the actor complimented, “Just looking at your face makes me happy. You have such dreamy eyes, what do you have to imagine in order for your eyes to look like that?“ As usual, Won Bin shyly responded with a short, “I don’t imagine anything.”

Won Bin who is currently not enrolled in any project after his 2010 movie, ‘Man From Nowhere‘ announced, “I’m really thankful for all the film scenarios everyone has sent me, but I haven’t decided on a project yet.” It looks like fans will have to wait a little longer to see the actor back on the screen.

Source + Photos: Nate, Wonbin-FanClub


Saturday, October 15, 2011

[Picture Spam]: Rain in Military

* I miss him already T T

Friday, October 14, 2011

So Ji Sub Sets Up One-Man Agency

So Ji Sub, always one to go his own route, has recently decided to go it alone and set up a one-man agency. However, he has revealed that the agency is for his own sake -- in other words, he has no plans to recruit junior actors into his agency.

In a recent interview with an Internet news site, So Ji Sub revealed, “This one-man business is entirely for the sake of my own activities,” and “I’m not even thinking about plans to foster young actors.”

So Ji Sub explained further by stating, “I don’t think my desires would be satisfied even if I was to foster young actors.” He continued on by saying, “If I can’t treat my younger actors well, then I think it would be better not having them in the agency at all.”

So Ji Sub’s new agency is called 51K. He has also diversified his business interests by opening up a coffee shop called "A Twosome Place By 51K" in July 2011 in Apgujeong.


Jay Park, ji hyun woo and yoo jae suk humiliate themselves

The main cast of the movie “Mr. Idol” brings the big laughter through the variety show “Happy Together3” to the viewers.The five main casts of the movie, actress Park Yejin, actor Ji Hyunwoo, Kim Sooro, Yim Wonhee and Jay Park made appearance on variety show “Happy Together” from KBS and overwhelmed the whole staffs by showing off their witty talk skills and individual talents.

Yim Wonhee, especially, threw himself on the floor and showed his slapstick comedy with doing push-ups using both hands then using one hand right after.

After seeing Yim Wonhee’s individual talent as known as "Yim Wonhee Gymnastics", Jay Park, Ji Hyunwoo and You Jaesuk challenged themselves on "Yim Wonhee Gymnastics" but they ended up with crashing onto the floor in a funny way and made everyone laugh.

Kim Sooro was the only person who did “Yim Wonhee Gymnastics” successfully. The “Yim Wonhee Gymnastics” was expected to be a big hit after the “Son Byungho Game” and brought out the laugh to the viewers.

Meanwhile “Mr. Idol”, the movie about how a national idols is created and secrets about the show-biz industry, will be released on November.

Reporter Lee Hyejin


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Teardrops Fall as Rain Enlists in Army

After giving teary-eyed fans a rousing send off on Sunday with a free street concert in Gangnam, a newly-cropped Rain enlisted in the Army on Tuesday afternoon for 21 months of compulsory military service.

The "Ninja Assassin" star and Korean Wave singing sensation reported to the 306th Army draft camp in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province. He is going to take up active duty after a five-week boot camp.

The former back-up dancer who rose to international fame held a press conference at a nearby vacant lot and bade farewell to fans before he disappeared into the Army camp.

The ever-humble star said, "I'm sorry for making a fuss about my enlistment". He thanked fans for supporting him for the best part of a decade and looked emotional as he headed off for a life of drills, discipline and Army fatigues.

He was seen off by friends and acquaintances including K-pop boy band MBLAQ, which he helped create and manage.

About 1,000 fans from home and abroad, including those from the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, gathered to see him carrying placards wishing him the best.

On Sunday night, Rain gave a free concert on Yeongdong Boulevard in Samseong-dong as part of the Gangnam Fashion Festival.

He debuted as a solo artist in 2002 and has since expanded his scope of activities to include TV dramas and films. In 2006, Time magazine named him on its list of the top 100 people who were transforming the world with their talent or power.

"Thanks to his angelic face, killer bod and Justin Timber-like dance moves, Rain ... has ridden the crest of hallyu", wrote Time reporter Bryan Walsh.

Source: Hancinema

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jay Park: The innocent mind of this shameless man- even in acting

Introduction: The Birth of a Great Superstar - Mr. Idol's Park Yejin, Ji Hyun-Woo and Jay Park

Idols dominate and audition programs are abundant these days. Director Ra Hee-Chan's Mr. Idol explores the showbiz world by depicting the gossips and behind stories of the entertainment industry. Ji Hyun-Woo and Jay Park play the roles of Eugene and Zio, the youths who lose themselves in the reality, unable to pursue their dreams; Park Yejin plays the role of the strict trainer, Oh Gu-Jyu, who brings the two boys together in a group called "Mr. Children" and lets them rise again. Although they said, "You will be surprised when you see the movie," and added repeatedly, "I know how much you are anticipating the movie," the curiosity of these actors, who spilled sweat all summer to film this movie, must be higher than that of the interviewer. The shy Park Yejin, who can't take the initiative to joke around with her younger colleagues first, and Jay Park and Ji Hyun-Woo, who claim "[they've] become more awkward with Yejin noona after the filming." The three cast members of Mr. Idol didn't seem to have stepped out of their characters, who had to exchange more cold stares than warm encouragements.

Jay Park: The innocent mind of this shameless man - even in acting.

"I don't know." When asked about Mr. Idol, Jay Park's answers almost always began with an "I don't know." At first, (the writer) wondered whether it was his habit. But when asked about music and dance, he never answered in such a way thus it cannot be a habit. Jay Park said he could not possibly imagine how his acting turned out in his first Korean movie. He explained that he did not have the time to see how other people acted nor how much of his side as an idol was reflected in the scenario, as he was busy concentrating on his character in an effort to not to be a nuisance in the movie. Though other rookie actors are busy trying to cover up their interview answers, trying to seem like they know everything, Jay Park showed his emotions honestly and freely. "I can't wait to see the finished movie. Then I can talk more about how I was while filming the movie." Ji Hyun-Woo, who also in the room during the interview, said jokingly, "I couldn't watch my first movie; my heart was shaking." But to Jay Park, the curiosity of the his new image on the screens wins over the fear of his first movie.

As widely known, Jay Park entered the actors' world by taking the role of Darkness in the American movie, Hype Nation 3D, last year. But as its release date became unclear due to the the issues with the production company, Mr. Idol will be the first work he will be showing to the audience. In addition, unlike Hype Nation 3D, where its filming lasted two weeks, Mr. Idol really showed the real side of a movie filming set to Jay Park. The role he plays (in Mr. Idol), Zio, is a wordless and charismatic character who is responsible for performances in the movie's fictional group, Mr. Children. Although he didn't have as many lines and had more scenes where he had to express through body language, it was still a hard task for Jay Park, who grew up in the US, to become used to the nuance and emotions of the Korean language. "I started practicing my lines with the director two months before the movie shoot started. Though a lot of my lines ended up getting cut out (laughs). I thought it was better to do well with a small part than be embarrassed, so I practiced, determined to work hard." There is another thing he learned: it was to get used to the long and mild lifestyle of an actor, who must spend a few months at the set and control his condition according to the movie shoot schedule. To Jay Park, who lived in short rhythms as a singer, who expresses everything in 3-4 minutes and finish recordings in a set period of time, three months on the sets felt like an eternity. This is why he frequently whined to Director Ra Hee-Chan, that this is "so tiring" and that "Mr. Idol will be [his] last movie." But the three-months' enduring seemed to have been worthwhile after hearing Director Ra's comment: "There is a scene where Jay says 'Will they come?', while waiting for the other members. It doesn't seem like much, but when I looked at this through the monitor, it seemed like he was really saying like a Korean. It made me feel good."

If one had been following Jay Park with interest, they will not be able to overlook the plot of Mr. Idol. When Mr. Children is enjoying its top popularity, a comment made by the leader, Eugene (Ji Hyun-Woo), thoughtlessly in the past becomes a controversy. The media races to write articles and debate about the withdrawal of Eugene from the group. To (Jay Park), the plot is very familiar as he went through a controversy during his days in 2PM. But Jay Park said, "It's all a past now, and it's no longer a sore spot for me." It is a relief seeing his face truly happy as he talked about winning a b-boy battle in New York in September, and how he is enjoying writing songs and lyrics for the album that's set to be released in November. Not even the apathetic entertainment industry, which turns its back on a person at the slightest controversy, nor the inconsiderate comments from strangers could corrupt the innocence of this young man.

Journalist Jang Yong-Yeop


Monday, October 10, 2011

"music or acting, I only do things i want to do" Jay park

(omit) On October 17th, Mr. Idol's Kim Soo-ro, Park Yejin and Jay Park appeared as guests on Kong Hyung-Jin's "Cinetown - BIFF Special", a live radio show by SBS, at the outdoor stage on Hae-Woon-Dae beach.

On this episode, Kim Soo-ro did not fail to entertain the listeners with his special anecdotes and witty remarks. When Jay Park made a mistake while rapping, Kim Soo-ro commented, "This is the beauty of live broadcasts," and added, "I like this natural and pure side of Jay." When DJ Kong Hyung-Jin asked, "Have you ever learned how to dance from Jay Park since he was an actual idol?" Kim soo-ro replied, "I did tell Jay to show me his moves. I was a good dancer myself back in my twenties, but now I'm nothing compared to Jay," missing his good old days.

(omit) When asked if "there was a moment when [he] had to compromise, unable to resist the temptation," by DJ Kong Hyung-Jin, Jay Park made the audience laugh by asking what compromise meant. (*NOTE: he didn't understand what the word meant in Korean). When Kim Soo-ro kindly explained the meaning to him, Jay Park replied firmly, "Whether it's music or acting, I don't do things that I don't want to."

In addition, to the question of, "While you were filming, did you think of the days when you hadn't debuted as a singer yet?" Jay Park replied, "To be honest, I did not have the time to think about the past. I was too concentrated on acting and I was preparing for my album at the same time. I was busy personally."


Reporter Choi Shin-Ae


Sunday, October 9, 2011

BIFF 2011 - How to be an idol by Jay park

"I considered myself quite talented in dancing, but I was nothing against the American idol."

Why did Kim Soo-ro, the man who at one time, made the nation dance with his "Apex dance", bow his head? It is because he saw his fellow movie cast member, Jay Park, do the moon walk. "Kong Hyung-Jin's Cinetown", a SBS radio show that visits the Busan International Film Festival every year, had its first guests of the year - Kim Soo-ro, Park Yejin and Jay Park of Mr. Idol.

"If you want to be a singer, practice needs to become your daily life."

"I'm sorry for making such a tacky request, but DJ, please focus on your guests!" Friendly retorts and jokes were exchanged continuously between Kim soo-ro and Kong Hyung-jin, who are best friends in real life, in addition to casual conversations between Park Yejin and Kim Soo-ro, who met once again after Family Outing. In between, Jay Park listens to their conversation with curiosity or reacts with enthusiasm. It seemed that his role as a "character that is wordless but expressive through facial expressions or actions," in the movie had come to life. To the trainees aspiring to be singers like those in Mr. Idol, Jay Park advises, "(Success) doesn't just come to you if you put in effort. You need to really love music. That's how you can stay in the career for long and become successful. You can't just think, 'I'm going to practice from 1:00 til 10:00' to pass the time. Practice needs to become your daily life."

Jay Park begins to rap to one of the tracks on his new mini album, Girlfriend, with power, in response to Kong Hyung-Jin who asks for a freestyle rap. " 'I get a feel just by looking at you... wow~' uh... I forgot my lyrics (laughs)." What an innocent honesty. Quoting Kim Soo-ro, this just may be the "beauty of live broadcast" to the fans who waited on the sandy beach since morning to see [Jay Park] and to the listeners who are tuning into this conversation by an Autumn sea through the radio.

Reporter Baek Eun-Ha


Monday, October 3, 2011

[Fanfic} : Buin, Do You

Hyun Joong did not want to be recognized. Thus he drove all the way to this small town which was two and a half hours away from Seoul. His friend, In Yong had been here before and had told him about the small shop at a corner of the town market. In Yong was his friend whom he called and asked to talk to Hwang Bo while they were filming the Couple Farewell Vacation mission. In Yong was fond of Hwang Bo. He would have come with him if he had asked but Hyun Joong did not want In Yong to close down his business for the day just to go with him. Now, Hyun Joong regretted it not asking In Yong to come with him. The shop owner seemed to pay a lot of attention to him. More that he needed. If In Yong was with him now, he would feel less self conscious of the shop owner.

The young man came to his shop 15 minutes earlier. He quietly scanned the rings in display glass. The shop owner did offer him help but he silently shook his head and continued to stare at each ring. Sometimes he would point at a ring and ask to see it. After turning it around with a frown, he would put it down and start to scan the display in silent again. After watching the young man for a while, the shop owner recognized him as the idol his granddaughter from Seoul loved to talk about. His granddaughter would visit him sometimes and share stories about schools and idols with him. She told him all about her idol until the shop owner felt like he too had became a fan because he knew all about his granddaughter's idol. She proudly kept her idol photo in her purse to show to him too. The shop owner was positive this young man is Kim Hyun Joong.

After contemplating between the three rings in front of him, he made his final decision. "I want this one," he said. Hyun Joong pointed at the ring that caught his attention under the glass. None of the three were of his liking.

"Aren't you.." The shop owner asked the question at the same time Hyun Joong made his final choice.

"No, I'm not," Hyun Joong cut the shop owner's sentence midway in firm tone before the shop owner could finish his question. "You don't know me," Hyun Joong added, looking pleadingly at the shop owner. "You don't, right?" he repeated in the tone that matched his expression. He did not want to be recognized. He purposely dressed down in old jeans and tee to blend with the local. He wore his hair down and a bit messy as not to attract too much attention.

The shop owner nodded his head slowly. He smiled. "No, I don't. I thought you are one of my granddaughter's friends." He opened the display glass and reached to pick the ring Hyun Joong wanted. He handed it to him with a warm smile. "You look very much like him."

Again, Hyun Joong wished In Yong was with him. If he was he could help him out. He did not like lying to elderly. It would make his elderly phobia worst. Hyun Joong returned the kind hearted shop owner's smile and nodded his head slightly. "Yes," he said. "How much is this?" he asked. He suddenly became wary of the cost. It was an impromptu decision to get the ring. He did not even think about the cost. "Do you accept credit card?" he asked again.

The shop owner found the question very funny and laughed out loud. "Young man, I operate this shop in a small quiet town. My clients are old people like me who grow their own food," he told him. He gestured Hyun Joong to try the ring. "Find the ring that fits in your little finger. Then it will also fits on the girl's ring finger."

"Really?" Hyun Joong asked.

"Yes. If it does, you and Hwang Buin are fated to be together."

Hyun Joong smiled. He did what the shop owner suggested. It fit well. Then he realized what the shop owner had just said. "I'm not Kim Hyun Joong." His denial was a bit shaky as he felt uncomfortable lying to the nice shop owner.

The shop owner laughed out loud again. "No, you are not. You are my granddaughter's friend." He pointed at the ring which was still on Hyun Joong's finger. "If you want that ring, I can let you pay in installment. All of my clients do that."

Hyun Joong quickly shook his head. "No. No need. I will pay," he said. He was both surprised and touched the shop owner trusted a stranger and an outsider like him enough to offer installment. It would be too much to let the kind hearted man gave him installment. He would pay it in cash term. After all, he could not give a gift which he had not paid for.

They were done filming for that night. It was a very long day. It started with an outing at Everland and ended with the blind date. Or the introductory dinner as Hwang Bo called it. The We Got Married crew were busy packing. The Ssangchu couple were busy getting ready to leave too. The place the production house rented for the Ssangchu couple was merely a location for filming. At the end of the day, everyone will leave. Tonight, no matter how late they wrapped up filming, everyone was forced to leave. In a couple of day, they will start filming again. It would be another long day of hard work.

Because of his upcoming debut drama the Ssangchu Couple and the filming crew were forced to work with a very strict schedule, filming one episode after another. Right after the Ant Tour wrapped, they started today's filming and would continue with the next one. Hyun Joong noticed how tired Hwang Bo looked. She seemed barely able to walk out of the house. It was not her alone. In fact, when he looked around him, all the crew seemed to be a bit impatient to go home. He felt sorry and guilty to them. "Buin," Hyun Joong called Hwang Bo, touching her elbow lightly. "I can give you a ride home," he offered.

He called himself lucky because he has a good company managing him. His manager was with him tonight for the filming. He would send him and his two members home. He was well taken care of by the company. Hwang Bo managed herself. She was not signed to any company. Hyun Joong stared at her with deep expression. Someone needed to take care of her. He had decided to ask their manager to let Hwang Bo ride with them.

"It's OK," Hwang Bo said, smiling at him. "I asked my friend to drive my car here in the afternoon. It's in the parking."

He stared blankly into the space. "I'll drive you home," he immediately said. It was neither an offer nor a request. It was a firm statement.

Before Hwang Bo could say anything to protest, he walked towards Kyu Jong. Hwang Bo immediately stopped walking on the spot and watched him. She sighed. Although she never anticipated anything from him, he would do unexpected things to make her heart fluttered. She hated to admit it but that line she did not draw today, must be redraw in a dark, permanent color to make it more visible and hard to erase. "Hyun Joong ah.. Why are you like this?" she muttered softly.

"Kyu Jongie ah, I'm going with Hwang Buin.." Before he could finish his sentence, someone jumped at him from behind, startling him. "What are you doing?" Hyun Joong scolded Hyung Joon. He looked at him with narrowed eyes.

Kyu Jong extended his neck to look behind Hyun Joong. "Hyung, are you going to tell her? Are you?" he asked, tilting his chin towards Hwang Bo's direction.

Hyung Joon wrapped his hands around Hyun Joong's neck "You are?" Hyung Joon got animated in a sudden. "Tell her! Tell her!"

They talked about Hwang Bo the night they folded the paper cranes together for her birthday gift. He subtly told his members his affection for his Hwang Buin. It started as any other chat SS501 would have. It was when Jung Min grumbling, asking him, "What is the meaning of this? Why are we helping you folding the paper cranes?" they started to talk about Hwang Bo. He did not expect them to encourage him but they did. In fact, they especially Young Saeng expressed he was envious of him who could openly have a relationship with Hwang Bo and be accepted by fans. Even if it was only for a show.

"Hyung, you have to tell her. If you aren't, I'll tell her myself," Kyu Jong said. "I'll tell her I like her."

Hyun Joong eyed Kyu Joong. It was a joke but he did not trust him. He had watched him the whole night. He knew Kyu Jong would really tell Hwang Bo he liked him. Whether it was for real or to irritate him, he did not know. But he knew Kyu Jong would do what he said. "Go back," he said, almost shouting it. "I'm sending Hwang Buin home," he added.

Hyung Joon was having a good time laughing when Hyun Joong left them to walk towards Hwang Bo. "Aishee.." he sighed, shaking his head. "Hyung can only lead SS501 well but he can't decide what to do with his life."

He heard what Hyung Joon said but he was too tired to turn around and give him a good whack. Hyun Joong wanted to leave with Hwang Bo before anyone noticed they left together.

There was somewhere he wanted to go with Hwang Bo before he sent her home but she looked too tired to go anywhere but home. "Buin, do you want to go for late night meal? My friend's chicken shop is still open," he asked her anyway despite telling himself he should not.

Hwang Bo covered her mouth as she yawned. She leaned against the passenger seat and happily let Hyun Joong be her driver for the night. She thought she could nap on the way home but she was too tired even for a nap. But she still could not stop yawning. "Now?" she asked, looking at the time. "It's almost midnight," she said.

"People don't go and eat late night meal when it's not late at night," he told her in scolding tone.

Hwang Bo laughed out loud, clapping her hands at his sudden outburst. "Yes, I understand that now," she said, gritting her teeth and glanced at him sharply. Why did he have to win everything? She gave up and nodded her head. "OK. Let's go. But make sure it's a good meal." She gave him a warning.

"You'll not be disappointed," he promised. "Buin, I don't know if it's true but lately you don't like to spend free time during break with me anymore." Hyun Joong glanced to his side to see Hwang Bo's expression. He saw Hwang Bo pouted and sighed.

Hwang Bo expected the question. Yes, she did accept him when he told her he wanted to date her. She accepted it because he genuinely liked her. After all, he gave her a thousand paper crane to go with the proposal. How could she have said no to that? She genuinely liked him too. Although they never openly date, they have been keeping up with each other and met up secretly at places where they would not be recognised. "Hyun Joong ah, sometimes I feel it's wrong to date like this. Although I like you a lot but I feel guilty. I'm very happy with our relationship now but I can't help feeling worry about the future."

"Why? You don't do anything wrong. Why are you feeling guilty?" Hyun Joong sounded annoyed. He was in fact irritated when Hwang Bo felt insecure about their relationship. Did not he convince her it would work out when he gave her the thousand paper cranes? Did not he told her the thousand reasons why they should date?

"It's not that.."

"Things that happen in the future are in the future. Why are you so afraid of the future? We will handle the future when the future comes. Why can't we enjoy the day as if come?"

Hwang Bo bit her lips. That was one of the most moving things Hyun Joong has ever said to her. The last time he talked to her with that tone of seriousness and confident was when he proposed her to date him. She slowly nodded her head to concur with Hyun Joong.

As soon as the side dish arrived, Hyun Joong turned animated. He exchanged a look with In Yong who served them the dish. Hyun Joong returned In Yong's wink with a grin.

"In Yong, I feel embarrassed now. If I know you own a chicken shop, I'll not offer to cook for you," Hwang Bo told In Yong after thanking him for the dish.

In Yong smiled shyly. He was obviously very smitten by Hwang Bo's friendliness and beauty. He seemed to have lost his voice when he met her in person for the first time. "You are really pretty," he told her.

"Ya! Go back to the kitchen!" Hyun Joong shouted at In Yong.

Hwang Bo leaned forward against the table and held her stomach while laughing out loud. She hit Hyun Joong hard several times on his arm. "He's been like this all night. He nagged at me and yelled at Kyu Jong and Hyung Joon too. Please forgive him," Hwang Bo said, apologizing on his behalf.

In Yong merely chuckled and went away. Nagging and yelling were the signed of Hyun Joong claiming Hwang Bo as his. He had knew him forever thus In Yong knew Hyun Joong very well to bet on his chicken shop that he was indeed in love with her It was not just plain liking.

Hyun Joong eyed In Yong until he disappeared into the kitchen again. Although things would be tougher in the future, he would keep Hwang Bo away from guys who seemed to be falling on her feet one by one. Even his friends and members were smitten with her. He had to guard her well. He had to make her promise not to fall for other guy too. It would be something mutual for them. "Hwang Buin, this dish will not disappoint you." He handed her a fork as he repeated his promised in the car. He gestured her to take a bit. He anticipated her reaction.

Hwang Bo eyed his suspiciously. "There's nothing wrong with this dish, right?" Why was Hyun Joong getting animated in a sudden? She was still eyeing him when she dipped her fork in the dish. It surprised Hwang Bo when the fork hit something metal. Hwang Bo gasped. Her eyes widened. "This is.."

"Yes. Something you want."

It was a ring. In her side dish. Hwang Bo tilted her head backward. She closed her eyes real tight, fighting the tears from coming down. She took a deep breath and exhale. "Shillang, you make me so happy," she told him in soft voice. She was supposed to let Hyun Joong put the ring on her finger. It would make her side dish ring dream be more real but Hwang Bo was too happy that she scooped the ring out with the fork and hold tight to it. It was a beautiful ring. A plain gold ring with straight edge. One look at it, there was nothing special about the ring except it was her side dish ring from Hyun Joong.

Hyun Joong smiled while looking at her moved expression. "It's a couple ring," Hyun Joong told her.

She looked up from the ring to stare at him. She was shocked. "What?" she asked for confirmation.

Hyun Joong nodded his head, saying, "It's a couple ring." He took out another ring from his pocket and showed it to her. It was identical to her ring but was slightly wider. The muscular version of her feminine ring.

It was exactly like hers. She bit her lower lip, trying to hide her smile and failed. She never thought Hyun Joong would want to wear couple ring. She never thought he would initiate the move too. When Hyun Joong asked her to look inside the ring, Hwang Bo turned the ring around. She stopped turning when she spotted something engraved inside the ring. She really had tears in her eyes when she read his name, Hyun Joong engraved inside the ring.

"Mine have your name inside it." He showed her the engraved name.

It said Hye Jung instead of Hwang Bo and that brought tears to her eyes again. She pushed the chair and got up. "Shillang, you really make me cry!" She quickly gave her back to him and run her hands on her eyes to wipe the tears before sitting down again.

Hyun Joong chuckled as he watched her getting very emotional over the ring. "Try it on and see whether it fits or not," he insisted. He threw his fists on the air and laughed when Hwang Bo easily slide the ring on her ring finger.

"What is that for?" Hwang Bo asked, flabbergasted by his reaction. She saw him sliding the ring on his finger too. "No.. No.. No.. Don't wear it." Hwang Bo grabbed his hand, trying to hold him from putting the ring on. At the same time, she quickly took off the ring she was wearing.

"It' a couple ring. It's supposed to be wear together."

"Hyun Joong ah.. If you wear a couple ring, people will notice it."

"Then.. You are not going to wear yours?" He tilted his chin at the ring she was holding, gesturing her to put it back again.

"I will. I'll wear it as a pendant with my necklace." She pleaded with him. "It's too much pressure.."

"On our relationship?" he asked, surprised. He never expected being together with him would be a burden on her. He was very disappointed it was.

"No. On you. People notice things we wear and do. The couple ring isn't sponsored like the watch or my crane earring. Those two are easy to get away with. If people don't then your members will notice."

"They already knew I like you. They kept asking me to tell you that. Eventually, they will know we are dating." Hyun Joong stubbornly wore his ring on his left hand. Fourth finger. The finger reserved for a wedding ring. He merely looked at Hwang Bo with his usual expressionless look when she gasped.

She hung her head low. That finger. Of all the ten fingers he has, he had to wear it on that finger. "I understand," she said, clenching her teeth tightly. She was both irritated with his stubbornness and thrilled by his boldness. "But I will still wear mine as a pendant," she told him. When she said it in hesitant and unsure tone, it was more like asking for permission rather than making a statement. Hwang Bo smiled when Hyun Joong nodded his head firmly and said, "Hhhmm. Don't take off your necklace. If you have to, then wear the ring on your finger." He was giving order and giving her no choice but to nod in agreement. Not that she wanted to protest anyway.

All his life, he protest against doing mushy things like couple tee and sweet words but surprisingly, he did all this and more with his Hwang Buin. He did not know what had become of him but he liked this side of him. It seemed to be existed only when he was with Hwang Bo.
- the end -

Writer: COMEL
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