Kim YuNa is already an Olympic champion. It’s down in the history book, and no one can take it away from her. Sochi 2014 is more or less a competition for her to leave one lasting impression for her future career in Korea after retiring from skating. SHE DID IT and more.
Queen YuNa skated clean, magical programs and owed nothing to herself, her fans, and her country. Even though the judges and the judging system weren’t in her favor, the aftermath of her silver became something even greater than a gold medal.
1) I didn’t think Queen YuNa could get any more popular, but she did. Nearly 2 millions people signed the petition on Change.org to re-investigate the judging system. Since 90% of those people come from South Korea, her future career (whatever it may be) seems promising. She doesn’t have to worry about her country possibly turns its back toward her for not bringing home the gold. With the other 200,000 supporters on Change.org and more from all over the world, Kim YuNa retired with a bang!
2) I don’t believe more jumps equate to a better program. I don’t understand why a judge with a historical record for fixing score at an Olympic event is allowed to be sitting in the judging panel once more. If the judges are doing their job correctly, I don’t understand why scores need to be anonymous. Figure skating is the skaters’ career, they need protection more than anyone in that arena.
Until the end of her skating career, Kim YuNa is doing the world of figure skating a huge favor; her silver controversy raises these questions. I personally love how Dick Button puts it, and you can catch his interview by clicking HERE.
Again, I’m just a casual figure skating fan. I love Michelle Kwan and Kim Yuna for their technical and artistry aspects – the full package.
I had fun in K-dramaland this year, although it’s still lacking since my ultimate bias was on hiatus. Shout-out to Kim Ha Neul! I miss you, please make a comeback soon! Fighting!
Top 5 actors/actresses who made my 2013
(in no specific order):
Song Hye Kyo (“That Winter, The Wind Blows”) – Welcome back!
Moon Chae Won (“Good Doctor”) – It may be a little disappointing for Chae Won, who won Top Excellence the last two years to only win Excellence this year at KBS Drama Award. I hope it challenges her to attempt a more female focused-drama in the future. She got three consistent years. Let’s aim for the Daesang next! My greatest disappointment was not being able to see Song Jong Ki and Moon Chae Won presenting awards together. I miss them!
Lee Bo Young (“I Can Hear Your Voice”) – It’s always fun to discover new favorites. I had a Lee Bo Young’s drama marathon this year. Congrats on her Daesangs! Boy, she looked stunning at the SBS Drama Award.
Krystal Jung (“The Heirs”) – Krystal deserves SBS new star award! Lee Bo Na was the cutest thing “The Hairs” got to offer.
Ji Sung (“Secret”) – He got a killer smile! Bo Young and Ji Sung will make cute babies. keke!
OK, it has almost been 2 weeks, I Got a Boy and Dancing Queen have sinking in. Here comes my thoughts:
Normally we mostly focus on the title track, but Dancing Queen has too much awesomeness to be ignored. SM decided to release a 4-year old MV! That special year of SNSD and Sones. You may have already known, Dancing Queen was filmed in 2008 in preparation for Jan 2009 comeback. They couldn’t go forward with the plan due to copyright issue; Dancing Queen was a remake of Duffy’s Mercy. Thus, Gee was replaced at the very last minute. Finally explaining why some of SNSD’s Gee’s promotion photoshoots at the time appeared a little too sexy for the super cute and pure Gee (pix 1, Pix 2). And, those rollerblades made a lot more sense now.
I like Dancing Queen more than Gee as a song, but no Sone will ever go, “Why not Dancing Queen in2009 instead!” Gee took off SNSD’s career, it was meant to be. I also prefer SNSD to make a comeback and rise to fame with an original track more. In addition, I find Dancing Queen would fit better in 2013 than 2009. I’m not going to lie, I felt a little shy watching it with SNSD shaking their boobs, rubbing it, feeling their legs, etc… 2009 SNSD would be too young for me to take an interest in this concept. SNSD has matured now, yet I still feel shy on the first several views! (Or Taeyeon just suck at rubbing her chest and came out all awkward? Jessica gave a different feel, a better vibe, very smexy.) Whatever it was, Gee was meant to be! I’m grateful to relive 2009 Gee era through Dancing Queen, a wonderful remake indeed!
Moving onto I Got a Boy, I read a few popular reviews, and I follow suit the ones who found the song confusing at first and grew to love it after a few more listens! I prefer the more mature sounding parts over the cutesy one. I always like cute to classy sexy for the image (basically SNSD’s style) and newer sounding music (The Boys, Tell Me Your Wish / Genie, Oscar, Top Secret, Trick, XYZ, Talk Talk, 1st Japanese Album, etc.,) Since SNSD’s music is diverse, I get to enjoy my music of preference, as well as explore other ones with them. I appreciate that about them.
Quick thoughts on my biases:
I expected Yuri to totally feeling the hip-hop concept, and she sure did. She and Hyoyeon should start a subunit. I LOVE their I AM comeback stage on Romantic Fantasy!
I was a little worry about Jessica. She’s our little princess, who should dress up in pretty dresses, not baggy pants. I was about to say she might be too feminine for hiphop, then I remember how violent she is, so forget that. Even though I am concerned about her, as the main vocalist, it’s almost a given she will secure her screen time with decent focus. Haha! Her voice is simply amazing to me, it leaves me in awe each time, and this time is no excepion. Whatever people say, she’s still my 2nd favorite dancer in SNSD.
I didn’t know what to expect of Taeyeon, but she blew me away with both her voice and dance. Hiphop isn’t just Yuri and Hyo’s style, it’s Taeyeon too! This girl is quite adaptive! I’m especially crushed that in the recent performances, the girls edited out Taeyeon and Tiffany’s solo parts. I LOVE THOSE PARTS!!!
2012 came to an end for almost week now. Last year I returned to the dramas world, so here goes my updated biased list:
Current FAV Actresses
1) Ruby Lin – (since 1999 Princess Pearl II) – Home sweet home
I’m not a fan of women-focused palace scheming dramas, but I’ve finished Schemes of a Beauty and The Glamorous Imperial Concubine. That alone actually spoke of my love for Ruby and the productions because as a TVB regular, I couldn’t even move passed episode 1 for the popular War & Beauty and Beyond the Realm of Conscious. Her voice is fantastic for OSTs too.
2) Kim Ha Neul – (since 2002 Romance) – The best actress
Finally a romantic comedy TV series by Kim Ha Neul! I got to admit, I was way too hyped up for A Gentleman’s Dignity, because her co-star was the one and only Jang Dong Gun! Once you expected a lot, even if the drama turned out great (my #2 of 2012), something still felt lacking. What fell short? 1) Jang Dong Gun, my love from All About Eve, appeared like a perverted ahjusshi 12 years later. 2) KHN and JDG had to share screen time with 3 other couples.
KHN was hilarious as expected though! She got me into liking CNBLUE’s Step-by-Step, was that the title? lol! The drama got great OST!
Unlike Gentleman, I came into Nice Guy not expecting much, except Song Joong Ki was cute on Running Man. I left Nice Guy totally in love with the new actress, the new actor, their characters, the couple, the plot, the drama as a whole, which ended up my #1 drama production of 2012. Been such a long time since I last immerse myself into a drama. If this drama lacked anything, it would be the lack of a memorial OST.
The fun of discovering a new favorite – you ended up with a must watch list. Thumb up for her other hit The Princess’ Man!
4) Niki Chow – (since 2006 Under the Canopy of Love) – Yey, she’s back!
Bottled Passion & Sergeant Tabloid were typical, yet pleasant TVB dramas.
Queens of Diamonds and Hearts may appeared like another crappy TVB comedy, but I really enjoyed seeing a different side of Fala, who played Chung Mo Yim with a birth mark on her face.
I’m excited for her Triumph in the Sky 2 with Julian Cheung in 2013. I’m sorry for all her negative press from this filming and hope it won’t all affect her career. She’s one of few young TVB actresses with mature acting skill and willing to take on a variety of roles. I absolutely adore her independent mind, rather than being another TVB’s puppet. Fala has this classy lead actress vibe that reminds me so much of the original fa dans – Kenix Kwok, Ada Choi, Maggie Cheung and Jessica Hsuan. I hope she’ll be around for a long time!
6) Song Hye Kyo – (since 2000 Autumn in My Heart) – Where are you?
Although I’m trying to stay cool for her TV comeback That Winter, The Wind Blows in Feb 2013 with Jo In Sung, I’m totally excited. I miss SHK dearly.
7) Kim Tae Hee – (since 2004 Love Story in Harvard) – Korean goddess
I was watching KBS 2012 Drama Award and saw Lee Da Hae promoting IRIS 2. I decided to check out the original IRIS. What took me so long? Hardcore action drama isn’t my cup of tea. But hey, KTH and LBH were HOT together!!! That candy kiss was disgusting though. I miss KTH too!
Taiwanese dramas tend to be simple with recycled elements, yet it works perfectly for a romantic comedy viewer like myself. Sunny Happiness and Real Love Please Ring the Bell Twice were sweet.
9) Tang Thanh Ha – (since 2008 – Suddenly I Want to Cry) – SHE GOT MARRIED!!
Normally I’m very supportive of my favorites, but for once I am absolutely crushed that TTH got married in 2012! Why so early? It’s so difficult for VN to find a youthful actress who is comfortable in her own skin on-screen and off-screen. She’s beautiful inside out too. We finally discovered this flawless actress, yet the 26-year old actress left us with just 4 TV-dramas! The last production was back in 2008 too! I know TTH’s smart, but she doesn’t have to plan her career so wise – leaving at her peak. I wish her all the best.
10) Jin Se Yeon – (since 2012 Bridal Mask) – Most anticipated rookie of 2013
I was debating whether to put Shin Se Kyung or Jin SeYeon at #10. I knew them in 2012, and both gave me quite a fresh feeling.
Shin Se Kyung starred in Fashion King. The best thing and only thing right about the production was casting a fantastic bunch of young actors – Shin Se Kyung, Kwon Yuri (SNSD), Yoo Ah In and Lee He Joon. High Kick Through the Roof and Tree with Deep Roots were more of her representative works. I thought it was so anticlimax though; if you watch Chinese period dramas, when they’re preparing some top-secret activities, they’re training for some sort of big physical battle. Tree’s top secret was creating their own writing system, using words to represent themselves. It was cool!
In the end I keep Jin SeYeon at #10, not sure why really. I’m just more excited to see what the young actress has to offer in 2013.
The Forgotten: Kenix Kwok, Ada Choi, Maggie Cheung – Because they were a huge part of my childhood, I didn’t want to admit it. L
And, my ultimate bias – Girls’ Generation – I wouldn’t have returned to TV-dramas without them.