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Qin’s Moon

I’ve been so obsessed with Qin’s Moon (秦时明月), China’s first 3D wuxia animation. I discovered this spectacular 7-season series about two weeks ago and have finished watching all the episodes so far (3 seasons, 62 episodes). Qin’s Moon is set during the Qin Dynasty (with flashbacks in the Warring States period) and is a perfect blend of wuxia, history, and fantasy. Tons of historical characters are featured, including Qin Shi Huang, Xiang Yu, Jing Ke, Gao Jianli, Zhang Liang, Crown Prince Dan of Yan, Meng Tian, and Li Si. It also introduces several of the Hundred Schools of Thought: Mohism, Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, School of Diplomacy, School of Military, School of Yin Yang, Logicians, and Agriculturalism.

Qin’s Moon has it all: memorable characters, exciting plot, humor, romance, and strong ideals. I’m particularly impressed with how the quality of the animation continuously improves season after season. The scenery, characters, voices, and fight sequences are superb. The preview for Season 4 is epic! I can’t wait for it to be aired (probably in early 2012).

I’ve got quite a soft spot for Ge Nie and his chivalry, Gao Jianli and his zither, and Zhang Liang and his brains. :p

All of the current episodes of Qin’s Moon have been kindly subbed in English. So start watching!

Season 3 trailer (First video I ever saw of the series, which immediately captivated my interest)

Season 1 Episode 1

Season 4 trailer

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The Negligent Blogger is Back!

Wow, it’s been five months since I’ve last blogged. I was heartbroken for a really long time after the tragedy in Japan, and my only solace was in donating to the relief efforts in JYJ’s name. I was also terribly sad to miss my second chance to see JYJ live because my parents forbade me AGAIN. Too much else has also happened for me to squeeze everything into one little entry! I’ve successfully completed my first year of college, gotten my first job at a hotel restaurant, bought three cute little goldie fishies, continued to work on my novel (currently just at 50,000 words), and picked up translating Jin Yong’s Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (Gu Long’s Meteor, Butterfly, Sword is on hold, and I’ve also begun translating a story by Cang Yue).

I still can’t get over the glory of DB5K days and I know I’ll never live to see the day when another group surpasses them. I’m wracking with sobs every time I listen to Love in the Ice, Stand By U, Bolero, or any of their other heartwrenching songs. They’ll always be the only true kings in my heart.

After abstaining from kpop completely for several months, I’ve finally dived back in and fallen in love with Park Jung Min from SS501. I’ve never truly been a Triple S, and I’ve always been Hyun Joong biased, but ever since the beginning I’ve had a soft spot for Jung Min even when I didn’t even know his name. Just like with Yesung, when I saw Jung Min’s adorable signature, I think my knees started to wobble for the first time.

Thank you so much for sending me so many beautiful autographs of Asian stars, Jenny!!! I stare at them every day and want to smother them in kisses just like with Super Junior’s last year.

2NE1, B2ST, Big Bang, BoA, HoMin, Rain, SS501, SHINee

Fahrenheit (Wu Zun, Aaron, Jiro), Jay Chou, Jimmy Lin, JJ Lin, Mike He, Nicholas Teo, Wang Leehom

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Victor Huang

Yes, I’m awfully shallow, but I want so desperately to shout this at the top of my lungs for the whole world to hear: Victor Huang (Huang Wei De) is my looooove! He’s definitely on my top three mainland actors list. The other two gentlemen are Yuan Hong and Feng Shao Feng.

When I saw him for the first time as Lü Xiangchuan in Meteor Butterfly Sword (2010), I never would have guessed that he’s almost 40. Of course, Lü Xiangchuan the character is quite despicable, but because of the way Victor portrayed him, Lü Xiangchuan’s death was the only moment I cried in the series. I practically began translating the novel Meteor, Butterfly, Sword just for him. 😉

I saw him in 单身女王 (3S Lady) a week ago and fell in love all over again. His character is just precious. His romantic, playful, carefree side clashes so wonderfully with his serious and ruthless CEO persona. And of course let’s not forget his stubble and guitar-playing! Every girl’s dream hunk. 3S Lady is the best modern mainland drama I’ve ever watched. I still can’t get over it. He and Shirley Dai had such beautiful chemistry together. I can’t believed I squealed like a fangirl so many times in the series over a guy 21 years older than me.

灿爷 aaaah…you drive me crazy. I can tell that Victor likes his character’s feisty nickname. He and his hunkiness and his jazzy voice…aaaaaah. <3

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DBSKnights

I am still in amazement. Jaejoong, your celebrated birthday truly gives me good luck. I am so honored to be a DBSKnight, specifically a Chinese translator. I’ve already posted Paradise Ranch screencaps in addition to translating a news article about Junsu’s kindhearted donations. 🙂

It is a joy, a privilege, to blog for one of the most respected and reliable DBSK communities out there. 20,000 Twitter followers, 50,000 daily views, 1,500,000 monthly views. It is a vast responsibility and a blessing. I will do my very best to bring you news and eye candy of the boys! 😀

(I’m also in awe that although I only have 5 followers on Twitter, DBSKnights is one of them. *dies from happiness*)

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BEAST/B2ST

HOLY MOLY I don’t know how it happened. Last year, all throughout the releases of Bad Girl, Shock, Soom, etc., I somehow made myself not like BEAST because I was being “faithful” to my other favorite groups.

But now? If I dare to consider myself deserving of the title, I’ve become a B2UTY. My favorite boy above all is Jang Hyunseung. I think I’m in love.

Seriously, it’s not even 11PM, and I’m most energetic around midnight. But I think I’ve drooled and admired Hyunseung so much since last night that I’m breathless. It’s actually the first time I’m not writing a painfully long blog entry about the billion and one reasons why I love so-and-so, haha.

I really started noticing him when Soom was first released, and he was my favorite from a purely vocal and physical perspective. But because I stupidly refused to fall in love with another kpop group (which would subsequently give me a million more ways to procrastinate), I didn’t dare to even find out his name.

Well, all that hard work I put into resisting has flown out the window. :p I LOVE BEAST. And I LOVE HYUNSEUNG. Wow, his eyes. His voice. His arms. His dance. Finally I’ve fallen in love with a lead dancer. I’m drooling so much I’m surprised I haven’t drowned in my own drool yet. This is fabulous. I thank the stars that I had wanted to learn the Korean alphabet yesterday and then decided to test my reading skills on kpop MVs with karaoke.

Life is good. I have a new role model. Who just so happens to be HAAAWWTT and wickedly talented and hardworking. Most of all, I believe Hyunseung has a very, very strong heart. All of his success was earned by his sweat and tears. He is EXACTLY my type of guy. AAAAHHHHHHHHH…*drifts into lalaland*

Edit: This boy is sooooooooooo freaking funny. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 Him speaking in the two languages I speak best = <3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpjvb-ZqZ1M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDxZjpgYWY

I just want to take him home with me. Scratch that, I want to marry him on the spot. We’re only 3 years apart, anyway. :p

Edit: Along the way, I fell in love with Junhyung even more. And Yoseob is my cutie twin. Kikwang makes me drool to no end. I’ve been drooling after guys on campus with Kikwang’s glasses for weeks. :p

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Winter Break

If these can be considered accomplishments…well, this is what I accomplished during winter break:

Too Late to Say I Love You 来不及说我爱你 – 24 episodes out of 36

Meteor.Butterfly.Sword 流星蝴蝶剑 – translating Chapter 8 (completed) and 9 (in progress)

Iljimae – 1 episode out of 20

Eden of the East – 11-episode anime + 2 movies

非诚勿扰 – Chinese dating TV show

Marriage Battle 婚姻保卫战 – 2 episodes out of 33

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei 怪侠一枝梅 – 5 episodes out of 30

The Husband Quest by Lori Handeland – hilarious but mediocre novel

Angel Sanctuary – Volume 1

The Course of Honor by Lindsey Davis – read 1/5 of novel

TVXQ comeback – Keep Your Head Down

Legendary Siblings 绝代双骄 – reading the novel

Kindest Cruelty – writing Chapter 8 (completed) and 9 (in progress)

Learned Korean alphabet

BEAST/B2ST obsession

A shout-out to my beloved DBSK…Keep Your Head Down performances are fantastic and will for sure dominate kpop in early 2011. I’m so proud of Yunho and Changmin. However, so-called fans who are trying to split the fandom deserve a few slaps in the face. Correct, HoMin get to showcase their talents more, and they have both improved immensely, but this does not mean 2-member TVXQ is better than 5-member TVXQ. And it never will be. And don’t ever blame JaeChunSu since you obviously don’t know what they went through.

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Justice!!

DBSK + Cassiopeia + Fair Trade Commission – SM Entertainment = justice and happiness after seven years…just in time for the holiday season 🙂 🙂 🙂

I am SOOOOOO proud to be a Cassie. Well done, my sisters and brothers who wholeheartedly support the rising gods of the east!!!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Pre-Finals Mania

What’s up, dear blog? I’m going to be dead next week when I have five finals, three of them in one day from 8am-6:30pm. I just love the scheduling of my life. I’m hoping that I don’t bomb them and destroy the grades I’ve worked to the death to accomplish this semester.

Last month I watched the historical drama Schemes of a Beauty 美人心计 and promptly fell in love with a few male historical figures and the actors themselves. I’m sure the male audience of the drama was even more pleased; true to its title, Meiren Xinji abounds with beauties. I’m still in awe and fascinated by the politics, warfare, and court intrigues of the early Han Dynasty. This craze even beats my fervent interest in the Liao and Song dynasties.

Today I translated the lyrics to Luo Hua 落花, the theme song for Schemes of a Beauty and sung by the lead actress Ruby Lin. The past few weeks I also translated excerpts from Jin Yong’s wuxia novel Sword Stained With Royal Blood 碧血剑, Gu Long’s novel The Tale of Refining the Sword like Cleansing the Flower 浣花洗剑录, and tidbits of dialog from the latter’s 2007 drama version. I’m thinking of perhaps starting a translation collection (a portfolio blog?) of my Chinese-English translations over winter break.

I watched about 15 episodes of 浣花洗剑录 in two days until I stopped due to lack of free time and declining interest. Unfortunately, while searching for a summary of the series I stumbled upon a spoiler that broke my heart. I lost all inclination for continuing the series because I moped in misery for a good three days over the tragic fates of my favorite couple in the series, Mu Lang Shen Jun and Princess Tuo Chen. My body was literally wracking with sobs during their final scene and I cried so much that my eyes were terribly dry for hours afterwards. Needless to say, I love them to death. It’s the first time I am so truly endeared to any tragic couple because I love both of them without reservation. Usually I am either drooling bucketfuls over the male lover or desperately wanting to smack him for his absolute failure in both matters of the head and the heart. But their love was beautiful, passionate, and true until the very end, even though the princess later discovered the full extent to which the man she loved had deceived her. Egregiously evil, her enemy in every way, yet the dearest in her heart even until their dying breaths. I will not elaborate further for fear of spoiling such a heartwrenchingly tender story for someone else.

Also, I finished Chapter 7: Training of Kindest Cruelty last month. I’m making progress on Chapter 8, which will be out before the end of the month. 🙂

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DBSK/JYJ Paradise

So I’m still waiting on the Junsu crown necklace to come in the mail, but I’ve already received my Mirotic Version A album that I won from the DBSKnights 2nd Anniversary Giveaway Contest, my JYJ Billboard Release of the Week magazine, and my JYJ “The Beginning” Special Edition album and poster. Unfortunately, the JYJ t-shirt ended up having a centimeter-diameter hole in the back. I’m pretty angry. :/

Now my side of the dorm room is paradise. 🙂 I wish I had a high-quality camera to take a picture…but I’ll summarize in words instead. On the bulletin board at my desk I have 3 8×8 inch photo cards of Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, followed by the magazine which I ingeniously perched on the ledge and pinned to the wall using a binder clip and pin without damaging the paper. On the shelf above my desk are my upright JYJ “The Beginning” and DBSK “Mirotic Version A” albums in their full glory. On the wall to the right of my desk is the JYJ “The Beginning” poster.  Below that is a row of four more 8×8 photo cards, one of each member and one of the group. On the bulletin board behind my bed, starting from the left, is my Islands in the Sun calendar followed by my ten Super Junior autographs. Under the autographs are a picture of Yesung and a picture of DBSK from the Mirotic Version C album photoshoot. To the right of that is my 3×3 mosaic of the remaining 9 8×8 photo cards from the special edition. Not to mention DBSK is my laptop wallpaper and Jaejoong in the snow (from the JYJ showcase booklet) is my phone background.

Now my loves and inspirations are plastered everywhere. Everything is arranged perfectly with regards to location and filling up space, so now I feel as if this is a sort of fate. This is my consolation to make up for not being able to attend the JYJ showcase in NYC this Friday.

Hmm…other stuff to blog about…well, it seems incorrigible that I fail at chemistry even after studying 12+ hours for an exam. However, after studying less than 5 hours for honors microeconomics, I can score a hundred on my midterm. O_O Looks like I’m cut out to be a businesswoman after all. 😉

Also, I’ve updated my novella Kindest Cruelty on FictionPress with Chapter 6: Escape. Check it out!

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Love and Frustration

The prelude: I am the queen of procrastination, I stink at chemistry, I fail at every aspect of college in general, I am constantly sleep-deprived, and I want to shove SM Entertainment down to burning pits of fire.

That said…on October 4th I stayed up 5.5 hours, refreshing distributor websites every few seconds, to pre-order one of the extremely limited 99,999 luxury package with JYJ’s “The Beginning” limited edition CD. $70 down the drain…or rather, $70 flowing to high heavens, to make my darlings rich, without any regrets on my behalf. 🙂 However, the initial claim was that the luxury package contained 3 t-shirts and 3 posters…then it became 1 t-shirt and 1 poster after I pre-ordered. Not to mention that due to dastardly SM’s injunction filed against JYJ, release date was pushed back to October 25th. The album is my only comfort because it is almost entirely impossible for me to go to the JYJ Showcase in New York City on November 12th. Rawr parental dissent. I’m an adult already, and I have the money for it, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but…a no is a no. :[

Finally, it’s been announced that I’m one of the five winners of the DBSKnights 2nd Anniversary Giveaway Contest. Wanna read my essay-length responses to the questions? LOL go ahead. Feel free to knock yourself out with a paragraph I wrote at Koreaboo as well.

In my heart I have no doubt of my unconditional love for the Dong Bang boys.

1. How did you become a TVXQ fan? Why do you love them?

Before DBSK, I had never felt my heart stir so fiercely with emotion and pound against my ribcage as if about to burst from the inexhaustible love I felt. I had absolutely no idea that when I went camping at the Thousand Islands in June 2009, my entire life would transform into something far more profound and blissful. During dinner the second night, I reunited with an old friend and also met four other Asian girls, all of whom lived in New York and camped at the Thousand Islands annually. We played silly volleyball games on a grassy hill near the lakes, and when we sat down to rest, we talked about boys, of course! The only girl who was older than me was the most fangirly of all; she was fanning herself frantically with her hands as we discussed the Korean dramas My Girl and Goong. Then she and my friend became absolutely engrossed in their private discussion about DBSK, a Korean boy band they were madly in love with. Apparently they both liked U-Know the most and either put Hero second or gave him no place in their hearts at all. They kept commenting on how long his hair was, how feminine he seemed…and that ought to have been a red flag for me, but I was determined to confirm it. The moment I arrived home, I resolved to crack the puzzle of DBSK once and for all. I clicked on the first result for DBSK that came up on YouTube and was so captivated by the boys within less than a minute that I was actually shivering in the summer heat. It was love at first sight with Jaejoong, who seemed so ethereal and absolutely glowed in the spotlight of the 2007 Soul Power performance of “Love in the Ice.” His vocal prowess melted me into my socks. His stunning eyes, called beautiful by women of all ages and I daresay men as well, pierce the very soul. He has no equal. Even in the realm of spicy pepper tolerance (as in eating the spiciest pepper in the world with a smile) he is unmatched.

After I finished watching the Tokyo Summit performance of Love in the Ice, I sat in stunned silence for a while and pondered deeply. I was extremely reluctant to invest my heart into a boy band again, after very briefly being intrigued and then disappointed by the popular boy group concept in Taiwan. But then a probing question struck me: had I EVER heard such heartwrenching, tender, and extraordinarily synchronized vocals before? Nope. Did I want to drool over Jaejoong and pay attention to the other boys more? Heck yeah. And so I began my mission to discover everything delightful that DBSK had to offer: I listened deeply to every DBSK song, watched every live performance I could find, laughed in every Banjun and Vacation drama, treated myself to the eye candy on every page of their photobooks, and enjoyed their interviews and guest appearances on every show within my reach. Slowly I fell in love with each of the boys; my first love blinded me to the other boy, whom I love just as much Jaejoong. He is Junsu, the dolphin, the cutie, the romantic, the dearest crybaby. His voice sweeps me up to high heaven. His smile is the same as a baby’s. And as for his duckbutt combined with dancing…no more words are necessary unless I want to get a nosebleed from Intoxication. The first song that brought me to tears was his “Rainy Night.” The song that made me a sobbing mess for a good half hour exactly a year later was also his bittersweet composition, “W.”

I didn’t realize the extent of my love for the other three boys until I saw the tender relationship they forged with the little blind girl Ye-Eun on SBS Chocolate. At that moment it struck me like a lightning bolt how truly good, humble, and pure of heart all five of them are. They are a true family: Yunho, the handsome prince and fluid dancer who’s got every girl in checkmate, the compassionate and strong leader, always protects the members like a father. Jaejoong, the most beautiful man in the world, the lead vocal with a voice as pure as water, takes care of the members through his tranquil love and cooks for them like a mother. Junsu, the creative and athletic boy with a golden voice and the cutest personality, the charmer who makes women faint from his sexy solos, is adorable beyond compare like a sweet daughter. Yoochun, the sensitive soul and suave lady-killer, the dedicated composer and deepest vocal, is the mature yet carefree and hilarious older son. And finally Changmin, the genius maknae with the big voice and killer Mirotic scream, the tallest and the food lover with the biggest appetite, is the baby whom all the other members dote on. For Yoochun and Yunho, I was incredibly honored to have the opportunity to build their TFL-approved fanlistings, which are my tributes to them: http://fans.afanatic.org/yoochun and http://fans.afanatic.org/yunho.

Thus began my blooming unrequited love with quite possibly the five most angelic beings who have ever graced this earth with song and dance. Rising Gods of the East. How majestic, epic, awe-inspiring is that name alone? Since late 2003, this group of five superbly talented and attractive males has brought the female population of Asia and now the entire world to its knees. When I am overwhelmed by the ruthless storm that is my extremely busy life, I sometimes feel a twinge of sorrow at not being dedicated enough to think about DBSK as often as I want. But I dare venture to say that in the end, I always crawl back on hands and knees to the boys (officially men, but sometimes as sweet as newborn babies) who had bewitched me a year and a half ago and then stolen my heart with no intention of ever returning it. I finally understand that although I indeed have a myriad of reasons for falling so deeply in love with these five boys, my love does not have to be justified. Love opposes all logic and reasoning: at first I couldn’t understand a word that came out of their mouths, nor could I ever hope to see them live since we are separated by oceans, nor could I ever dream of receiving a beautiful smile from any of them. But as the boys inspired me and taught me valuable lessons about our roles in this world, I began to realize that all I ever wanted was to simply love them.

In a way, I began loving them too late; just one month after I discovered DBSK, I read about the lawsuit filed by Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu against SM Entertainment with a broken heart. The first DBSK philosophy I ever abided by, 5-1=0, was shattered. But by now I have learned that no matter what, isn’t 3+2=5 still true? As long as they are happy and healthy and continue to touch our hearts with their music, shouldn’t we be content, and not demand any more from them? It’s true that I still feel a quiet loneliness sweeping across my heart, a melancholy longing for the boys to reunite and embrace each other in group hugs once more. Sometimes, during my more sensitive moods, I am acutely aware of the gaps on the JYJ and HoMin stages, where five beautiful voices are replaced by three or two, and dance formations previously shared by the five of them are replaced by nameless backup dancers. It is at these moments when the waterfalls erupt from my eyes and I pray to once again be able to see the boys stand together on stage, laugh heartily, and sing their hearts out.

I know that some fans hold expectations of perfection from the boys because they are highly regarded as multilingual, multi-talented idols whom ordinary people look up to. The mistakes they made in the past, the legal complications that have now ensnared them, the agonizing long waits for their new releases, and the emergence of appealing new artists were enough for some Cassies to leave. But true Cassies, of whom I am only one of millions, still gaze up at the dark night sky and cry with joy to see our loves still etched in the heavens. It’s touching, really, the beautiful concept that we, Cassiopeia, are the stars that shine in the dark night sky that is DBSK. One cannot exist without the other. And this is the way I will always be, because I will forever support DBSK’s second philosophy, Always Keep the Faith. In “W,” JaeChunSu express not only the deep extent of their longing for HoMin, but also heartwrenchingly reveal how much Cassiopeia means to them. They tell us to keep supporting and waiting for them because they will not fail us. This is not an empty promise. Even if DBSK is currently on hiatus and the members are split, I am certain that they can fulfill their individual dreams and reunite in the future. Time will be our guardian. And I will love them eternally because they have given me so much that is beyond the power of words to describe, yet I have never been able to convey that gratitude and appreciation in person. I will continue wishing and praying and dreaming for the five of them together. But for now, I will devote myself to JYJ and HoMin and cheer on for my boys, hoping that they can still smile and be happy each day.

Because of my boys, my heart has become a passionate volcano, one that will never freeze over because of the gifts of the heart, mind, and soul they have given me. To accept the realization that three of my favorite boys will be performing less than five hours away (New York, November 12th) without me being able to see them is heartbreaking. Just once, once, I want to see them in the flesh. Even if I am invisible, even if they never so much as glance in my direction, I want to proudly stand among the sea of Cassies and give them a red ocean. Of course, as I realize that the boys’ popularity is soaring across the globe, a tiny twinge of jealousy worms its way into my heart. But even as thousands of more fans endear themselves to DBSK each day, I cannot help but cast aside all of my selfishness and instead feel immensely proud of the boys. I know that their unparalleled success and fame are the rewards for their years of bitter toil, which no one but superstars with restricted freedom ever have to experience. The boys often live weeks at a time without an hour of free time or privacy to themselves; they must always be on high alert whenever the cameras roll around and control their voices perfectly when holding microphones; they cannot avoid the high decibel shrilly screams of thousands of fans and the hundreds of groping hands that await them at every public location they visit.

My heart bleeds, and swells with pride, whenever I think of my boys. I really should chide myself for being so weak-hearted, because any song by them can reduce me to a glistening puddle of tears. Although I fully indulge in bliss when listening to the magic of their voices, I also subject myself to the bittersweet heartbreak that mirrors their own inner sorrow. I cannot say whether this one-sided relationship between a mere fan and these almost inhumanly magnificent musicians is healthy or not. But without a doubt they are beyond extraordinary. My heart refuses to compare them to anyone else because DBSK is truly unparalleled in this world. They have made my year and a half BEAUTIFUL.

2. How has DBSKnights contributed to your fandom?

I discovered DBSKnights last December after following a link on DBSKnightSub’s YouTube channel. The blog was beautiful yet simple and elegant, and within five minutes I knew for certain that this was one website I would definitely follow every day. It was as natural for me as reading the newspaper in the morning. On DBSKnights, I can rest assured that all the hot news of our boys are shared with us in a timely manner. High quality scans, HD videos, fancams, fan art, and fan accounts are bonuses that I always look forward to. What I appreciate the most are the painstakingly translated articles and compiled photo collections, as well as the wonderful subbed uploads of DVDs that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to understand, such as the 3rd BigEast Fanclub Event, 3hree Voices, and Heaven’s Postman. DBSKnight’s beautiful goal to spread the Dong Bang love, the dedicated staff members, and the community of supportive Cassies who frequent the blog really touch me and have brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. And according to my most visited website thumbnails on my Google Chrome browser, DBSKnights.net is my #2 most visited website. 🙂

3. Did you ever spend a sleepless night with DBSK? How?

I stay up until 2 or 3AM at least twice a week drooling and crying bucketfuls over the boys. And I never regret it, even if I must wake up at 6:30 the next morning, haha. I have spent two truly sleepless DBSK nights in my life, all the way until wispy streaks of dawn’s blush crept onto the horizon. My first sleepless night with DBSK was spent watching the Bonjour Paris DVD in one sitting two summers ago. I giggled all night long and was entirely unable to sleep. Ready for my super long one-sentence summary of everything that made me laugh in Bonjour Paris? Here we go: Junsu’s butt hurts, the boys sing a capella, Jaejoong gets attacked by tree branches, Yunho yells “everybody put your hands up” and “Korea fighting” to whole crowds of people, Jaejoong’s mission to get 5 people to wave back to him on boats and buses, Junsu drunk on sugary beverages, Yunho slapping horse’s butt on merry-go-round, Yoochun pretending he’s Jamaican, Yoochun’s dog showered, bowing pharaohs, Junsu’s gibberish, little girl scared of Yoochun in playground, Junsu food snatching, Jaejoong’s UFO trick, Micky & Minnie, Jaejoong’s diagonal run, Junsu and Yunho fly kicking and handstands, naming myths of fountain, Yunho’s prada wears the devil, Yunho still thinks Paris is a country at the end of the trip, Paris to Yunho = party, Paris to Junsu = mosquito, Changmin being the only sane person, but narcissistic enough to check his reflection in the glass display of a movie poster. Hahaha!

Seven months ago, I also spent a sleepless night writing a poem about DBSK for a freestyle poetry assignment in my literature class. Although I wrote it with my biases Jaejoong and Junsu in mind, the poem expresses my feelings for all five members in the most honest light possible. Two of the lines allude to DBSK lyrics. I hope that anyone who reads my poem can understand the unconditional love I have for the Dong Bang boys and feel the same way. Thank you for reading my submission, and enjoy! 🙂

We are a world apart.

You glow in the spotlight, capturing hearts with every tender smile.

Always you are surrounded by the red ocean of your admirers.

I weave through fifty thousand fans to reach the stage and touch your fingertips.

Only your trembling hands betray your burden of unparalleled fame.

My heart plays fireworks every precious moment I am in your presence.

Unfathomable, your eyes are my sunrise.

Your voice is gentle magic, melting hearts of steel bit by bit.

Your charisma is the glittering sun breaking through stormy clouds.

Your back view resembles falling white snow, lonelier than the moonlight.

You are more than the air I breathe.

You are mine, a song I will never finish singing.

~

To put it simply and sweetly, I have been an exceptionally devoted Cassie for years, and I want nothing more than to support the Dong Bang boys in whichever paths they choose. I have faith in them that they will reunite in the bright future, no matter how distant, and take comfort in each other by sharing laughter and happiness. I felt a kindred affection for the boys the instant I saw them for the first time; it was during their extraordinary 2007 Tokyo Summit performance of Love in the Ice that I felt myself being magnetically drawn to the boys beyond anything I had ever felt before. Their heartwrenching, tender, and breathtakingly synchronized vocals left me shivering in the intense summer heat. My love for them grew steadily as I committed myself to the most humble and pure of heart boys in the world. The Dong Bang boys’ passionate singing, fluid dancing, poignant acting, and exquisite compositions completely endeared them to my heart, mind, and soul. They are my inspiration, my bliss, my miracle, my loves. Before DBSK, I had never felt my heart stir so fiercely with emotion and pound against my ribcage as if about to burst from the inexhaustible love I felt. Every day I will continue to cheer on and pray for my boys, whether as Dong Bang Shin Ki or as JYJ and HoMin, and the stars of Cassiopeia etched in the heavens will glow as an eternal testament of my devotion to them. <3

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