Tuesday, December 31, 2013

[Photo] Tongyi Weibo Update, 12.31.13

cr: 统一鲜橙多


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Jang Keun Suk Twitter and Weibo Update, 12.31.13

@AsiaPrince_JKS나는 길고 보잘 없는 삶을 살기보다는
차라리 짧고 영광스러운 삶을 살겠다. pic.twitter.com/RIYxNZ64tQ

@张根硕나는 길고 보잘  없는 삶을 살기보다는
차라리 짧고 영광스러운 삶을 살겠다.

I'd rather live a a short and glorious (honorable) life,
than having a long and useless life (or nobody).

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[Video] "Bel Ami" Episode 13 Preview

cr: KBSdrama



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Jang Keun Suk Weibo 12-30-13

이룩할 수 없는 꿈을 꾸고, 이루어질 수 없는 사랑을 하고, 이길 수 없는 적과 싸움을 하고, 견딜 수 없는 고통을 견디며, 잡을 수 없는 저 하늘의 별을 잡자. -돈키호테-

*To dream the impossible dream
To love pure and chaste from afar (more literal translation: to love the love that cannot be won)
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To reach the unreachable star.
-Don Quixote-



*This quote is a lyric sang by Don Quixote's character in the song "The Impossible Dream," from the musical version of Man of La Mancha. The musical is based off of Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote.

If you're curious to hear it, here is an audio version from the musical cast: http://youtu.be/YGzqbEeVWhs


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Jang Keun Suk Twitter 12-30-13

이룩할 수 없는 꿈을 꾸고,
이루어질 수 없는 사랑을 하고,
이길 수 없는 적과 싸움을 하고,
견딜 수 없는 고통을 견디며,
잡을 수 없는 저 하늘의 별을 잡자.
-돈키호테-

*To dream the impossible dream
To love pure and chaste from afar (more literal translation: to love the love that cannot be won)
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To reach the unreachable star.
-Don Quixote-


@AsiaPrince_JKS

*This quote is a lyric sang by Don Quixote's character in the song "The Impossible Dream," from the musical version of Man of La Mancha. The musical is based off of Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote.

If you're curious to hear it, here is an audio version from the musical cast: http://youtu.be/YGzqbEeVWhs


-thenatcat

Monday, December 30, 2013

[Video] Happy New Year Greetings from Caffe Bene's China Spokesman Jang Keun Suk



cr: fay den, Caffe Bene Weibo

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[HD Photo] "Bel Ami" BTS Screenshots

cr: topstarnews.net



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[Video] KBS World TV Highlights (2013.12.30-2014.01.05)

cr: KBS World TV
shared by" Den



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Beautiful Man/Pretty Man (Bel Ami): Funny and Spicy Recap, Episode 11 (The Crazy Ahjummas Series)

By Esther Noloc and Liana Yus
Guest: Le Lamb
Photo Credits: Dawn Hazelett

**caution this post contains spoilers**


E: Lianaaaaa, I was crying in a corner, I didn’t want to come chat with you because I knew how you would feel, you are my twin, so I imagine you were sad like me. Oh this drama is taking too much of our lives, we suffer like it's all real, but that proves that they have good writers because they are making us cry and laugh. We are really hooked with Mate and sometimes we are acting like Botong, completely blind and enchanted by his charms.

L: Hi!!!! Esther, episode 11 drives me crazy. I don’t know how I’m going to finish this recap. In this episode I was feeling really down….huhuhu… T_T. LOL!!! I feel so hopeless and don’t know what the writer was doing when she wrote this.

E: Oh my God Liana calm down, you are not like that, take a break, breathe and count 1,2,3...the show must go on. We have to make our readers laugh even if we are in pain, we will try. Ah, we have to welcome our guest Le Lamb, she liked the other recap she did with us so much that she wanted to write another recap, welcome.

L: Oh almost forgot about our guest…. Hi!!! Welcome Le Lamb. Soooo triple glad to have you with us again. *clapclapclap*

Lamb: Hello Esther and Liana. Happy New Year to both of you and to our readers here too. The family twist in this episode is getting clearer for David but there are so many heart wrenching scenes for Mate that it gave me so much of an unsettled feeling after watching this episode. Yeah, the writer Yoo Young-A really did a great job and you know what, I am really wishing that there will be a movie version for Bel Ami that shows us how President Park and Na Hong Ran got together to push her sibling down to move up in MG group. Of course Mate must be the main actor to act up President Park's role in the movie. Ok...I am going to stop my day dream, let’s start the recap.

L: OK!! Now that I got all my feelings off my chest, let's start the recap. After Mate introduces himself and greets Hong Ran he was surprised to see DC also attending the MG group dinner. DC did not reveal himself, instead he introduced himself as a family friend ('his father is known to President Park’). As President Park moves away, Mate was wondering why DC did not tell him in the first place because he might as well have come with DC instead.



E: An awkward situation for sure, Mate was very surprised that David was there and Na Hong Ra didn’t know that David is her hubby's son. So he has two reasons for not saying, one because this will move Botong away from him, remember she was sad because Mate is the Chairman's son, and two when the iron lady notices she will make him disappear from the map. I don’t hate him, I only want him to face the truth, that Botong only loves him as his loyal friend and I don’t want him to suffer more for not noticing in time. He is not a bad person, he treats Botong very kindly, but she loves Mate and it's very difficult to change that fact.

Lamb: David decided to go to the MG party after he challenged Mate about his love for Botong and the reply from Mate definitely triggered him to quickly call up President Park’s secretary and accept the invitation. I am still puzzled, what is the purpose of him agreeing to go to the party after hearing Mate's love confession to Botong. To me, he may love Botong and his love obsession may make him push Mate down in any possible way to ensure Botong goes to him.



L: You know ladies, if DC had told him earlier Mate might not have taken Gwi Ji's offer to bring him to the MG group dinner. Of all the complicated things Mate has to go through.

E: Agree Liana.

Lamb: Yea Liana. David is not just as simple as he seems. He was with Mate in the office when Botong came in to announce that there is an error with the invitation and MG’s group asked him not to attend. Look’s like David had the intention to go to the party alone, perhaps to question President Park on the rumor of Mate being his half brother or he just does not want Mate to meet his father.

L: Anyway when Mate noticed President Park was not occupied he approached him and mentioned his mom's name hoping that it will trigger President Park's memory.


E: But I think his father wanted to protect him from the iron lady, so he reacts like he didn’t know him.

Lamb: For whatever reason, President Park's expression and eye contact to Mate after he mentions his mum's name is “Kim Mi Sook” seems so regrettable. His mind is full of deep thoughts for a second. And he was about to open his mouth to speak to Mate when that annoying lady called Dokgo Mate's name!!



L: The sarcastic lady (one of Jaek Hee's friends) interrupted and insinuated presumptuously a shameless story about him. OMG!! First time he meets his father and he felt disgraced in front of him.

E: That lady can’t be a good friend of Jaek, because she didn’t know the truth. Jaek was the one who ended the relationship, ah envy is one of the worst things on earth.

Lamb: Ahh...when Mate was trying to push away her claim of the wedding cancellation, Gwi Ji walks to him and that sarcastic lady put more salt on the wound insulting him about why he is coming with a young lady since he is dating Myo Mi. Mate is feeling so helpless in front of President Park.



L: As predicted Hong Ran took the opportunity to distract President Park away from him. I think she heard the exchange because as Mate was staggering crest fallen away from the dinner party, she approached him with sharp insulting words it’s like adding insult to injury which left him so humiliated beyond words. Jang Keun Suk you’re really a great actor, I cried a river……huhuhu.

E: Of course he is, I cried too. She treated him like trash and when you are sensitive for other things too, your self-esteem goes into low mode.

Lamb: Na Hong Ran continues hurting the feelings of Mate who has already been hurt, by calling him an animal that is worse than trash. Our Mate is holding up his tears hard but I am shedding tears when he releases the breath from his heavy heart.


L: Back to the party, DC wants to know whether Mate is really his brother and I guess President Park did not say much. He verified it by telling DC instead of helping his younger brother, why doesn’t he help his older brother? I assume Moon Soo needs help more than Mate. President Park suggests DC to take his real position in the family but DC is not interested. Am I correct Esther? I got really confused…..


E: Maybe Mr. Park knew that his wife was working making him disappear him from the company, Moon treated Mate well, invited him to dinner and said he has heard a lot about him. But Mate said, 'I am not a celebrity', but people like to talk about him, his news is spread all over the internet.

Lamb: President Park is an old fox!! He is sharpening his weapon while he is unwell and full of conspiracy. He knows that Na Hong Ron who is Moon’s stepmother is trying to push him down. David questions President Park about the rumor that Mate is his younger brother and he didn’t deny it nor look surprised but instead asks him to help Moon, his older brother. Ahh...with another point in this, I am hopping it is another clue to confirm that Mate is President Park's biological father.

L: Anyway, Mate is walking home instead of going home with Gwi Ji. He feels he let his mother down and degraded himself. Botong called him but he just shut it off. Sorry ladies, I cried again……. T_T huhuhu.



E: That scene of him standing near a sign feeling weak and ashamed and hearing the iron lady calling him Casanova, then he went to his house with his jacket in one hand and asking his mom, did you see that? Am I really trash? Awww, so heartbroken, I cried too. Sometimes in our lives we feel like that too, the only thing that you want is to be inside the trash can, but no, never permit that, continue fighting eels and Mate.

L: When he reached home, Botong was there waiting for him as she is worried about him. She can see that he is not well when she touches his forehead, she can feel that he’s feverish. As usual she takes care of him, wants him to take medicine before she goes back but he insists she stay until he falls asleep. My heart was so heavy to see that he needed her to be with him but …OMG!! He was sooooo handsome lying there on the sofa. Botong, you should lay beside him.


E: Oh, I was screaming that to her, but she didn’t listen to me.

Lamb: Botong is a great timing woman too!!! She always appears and is there for Mate every time when he is at his weakest point.

L: She told him she accidentally knows that he’s the MG President's son, she overheard his conversation with Yura. She thinks her chance of getting him is lower, well almost zero. He still can joke around with her about her not being up to his standard but this time with a gentle voice (I think this is an inside joke for them - only he, her and her family understand this joke). He told her that his dad did not even acknowledge him but it was agreed that he needed the password which Yura had.


E: I found that scene very sweet and tender, for the first time they talked calmly and he treated her well.

Lamb: Botong always manages to crack me up, when she told Mate her cold joke that her value is lower than the dirt of his toenails. Mate must be feeling so touched underneath but he's always so cool with his answers that he allows her to be his pinky toe instead ☺


L: Aaawww……Yes, Le Lamb he mentions that she can be his pinkie toe and she's so happy with it. She's so cute.

E: Ah, she asked,only the left one? Kkk.

Lamb: Yes Esther...kkkkk...she is part of his left pinky toe and happily said “Thank you”. It's just double sweet when I heard her say “Thank You” in English.

L: Oh!!! Next morning when he wakes up he finds that she's painted his toe with pink color.


E: And he touched his toe in a very lovely way, she will be with him all the time in body and mind.

Lamb: Silly Kim Bo Tong!! That’s what Mate mumbles out.

L: Aaahhh…..Gwi Ji called and asked him why he went back without her, but he said since he had dinner and she took him to the party they are even. She told him that he'd been dumped by Myo Mi who took an opportunity to further her career at Mate's expense.


E: Ouch, another bad news, she said to him that Myo sold him to her, noo, like a product? It's not fair.

L: Our poor Mate, he called Myo Mi but she did not answer him. He feels so down as he did not betray her, but she's the one who used him. We see that Myo Mi is on her way to the airport thinking she can make Mate famous, but he needs someone better to make him propel forward.



E: She used the perfect timing.

Lamb: Another lesson learned for Mate. Kim In Jung used her and now she is using Mate. And vice versa, Gwi Ji has everything except a pretty sexy man by her side and Mate needs her father's background to push him up to compete with Na Hong Ran.

L: Gwi Ji with her tantrum goes on a hunger strike to get her way. This girl, she really wants Mate for her. They keep sending Mate boxes of ‘Pizza’ tied with ribbon adding more money each time but it was rejected by Mate.


E: That girl really cracks me up.

Lamb: Mate is playing hard to get and is not moved with the big amount of money that approaches him as he knows it is not the right time to put out his card. He knows the value of money and he knows the value of connection and he is waiting for the right time to show his hand.

L: Yes, great observation Le Lamb. He already starts to use those lessons he learned.

L: Finally Mate went to see her dad to state what he actually wants. Dad was so fuming that he asks his man to hide Mate away but Mate insisted that’s what he really needs. He requires it to fight Hong Ran. Mate is so desperate to be a success since he felt Hong Ran's power is crashing on him.


E: I like the long jacket he used there, he wants to be the president of SS, Gwi's father's company to fight with the competition, MG, his father's company, but the man became furious and called his bodyguards.

Lamb: But Mate is not giving up so easily.

L: Hong Ran starts her plan to get rid of Moon Soo. He was set up in an unlikely trap to make a scandal out of it. Poor man got caught for something illegal. Yura tried to contact him to no avail.


E: So he is not her son, not the legal heir. I feel pity for him, first she made him and Yura break up, then separated his daughter from his side and now accused him of doing something he didn’t. Cruela Devil from 101 Dalmatians.

L: The new staff started to gossip about Mate being dumped by Myo Mi……..kkkkk. Great to see Botong passionately defend him. Ahhhh …. they talk about Gwi Ji's party. Looks like Gwi Ji is sending Mate a limo for him to attend the party but he still won’t accept it until Gwi Ji mentions SS home shopping.


E: Botong almost hit that staff girl, but David intervenes and then Mate says you are more interested in my life than in work.


L: Oooo………..Botong wants to go there too….DC is trying to be cute and uses the rabbit to ask Botong. Both go to find a costume to go to the party. Botong chose a blue dress…….she reminded me of my FB photo profile. They can get in with the help of DC's friend, looks like DC's got friends everywhere.


E: Hahaha, yes she felt jealous Liana, for that reason she wanted to go to the party, she put a flower on her neck, took a clamshell bag and was ready to go, she represented the sea? Kkk But I was wondering what was the reason for David to bring Botong there knowing she doesn’t belong to that world? For her see him with Gwi Ji? Umm. Liana, yes the same blue as your hippo, look.



L: Earlier Mate arrived in a Limo without a costume and he was stopped but the secretary intervened to let him pass through.



E: Like in the Hollywood red carpet style.



Lamb: Mate goes to the party with his suit and I am still imagining what if he is wearing a spiderman suit....kkkkk..but I would prefer that he wear a superman suit that shows off his red underwear.

E: ARE YOU SURE Lamb? I think you will change your mind when you see the photo I have for you... Mate spiderman with that tight costume, look, kkk.



L: Hahaha…….Le Lamb you’re so naughty, you distract me……..kkkkk. Now Esther I am imagining things I shouldn’t. Where is the drool towel?

L: Mmmmm…….at the party suddenly Gwi Ji announced that Mate actually left Myo Mi for her. Asked him to kiss her, since he did not take any action she embarrasses him by ordering him to kiss her feet if he wants SS home shopping………I got so angry at this part……….ggrrrrr.



E: Yeah, right, in her dreams. Lamb, you think he would do that?

Lamb: Esther, despite Mate's need to overcome Na Hong Ran, I am sure he will not be defeated by Gwi Ji's threat to kiss her feet. I did really want to give her a big slap at that moment.

L: Botong was so angry that she just rushes over using her purse to smack Gwi Ji's face and keeps saying that Mate is more dignified than that. Esther, Le Lamb, I would do it too and I might pull her hair out one by one………gggrrrr.


Lamb: Great scene as the slap from Botong really showed how much she loves Mate. She won’t care about the consequences for herself, all she wants is to clear out the cloud of humiliation that Gwi Ji triggered. In a way, she is getting Mate out of that situation, but I do feel that Mate is smart enough to handle Gwi Ji's threat in his own way too.

L: Poor Botong, she was taken to the police station but before that DC gave her his coat so she won’t feel cold. Super sweet as usual but I can’t stand all that sweetness, giving me diabetes.



E: Hahaha, twin, I am not a violent person, but I really enjoyed that part, she deserved that a long time ago. For the David part, oversweetened.

Lamb: Liana, before Botong is being pushed out, she shouts out to Mate to mark her words to never kneel down to that Gwi Ji wench as he is good looking...oh my, silly Botong. Mate is more than good looking!!


L: DC was there again for her at the police station. She is terrified in there and asked him not to leave her. He promises he will be back to bring her clothing from home.


E: But what was the reason for her to tell him not to go? There was a scary man.

Lamb: Ahh...I really can’t stand the mushy part when David is feeding Botong bread. Her hand is not handcuffed ok!! She can eat it herself. But if it is Mate, I will be feeling so sweet in this scene. Eye sore. Eye sore.

L: On the way out DC meets with Mate who was there for Botong. He’s angry with Mate for making Botong get into trouble even if it’s not his fault. He wishes Mate will let him take care of Botong. Yes, he’s angry with the occasional situations that Mate puts her through. Mate just looks at him indifferently and walks in.


E: That was good to make Mate react.

Lamb: Ahhh...David....you are a fool. Don’t you know that your words telling Mate that each time Botong is with him, she is injured, heartbroken or crying, just makes Mate realize more of what Botong has done for him.

L: Oh…….Botong apologizes to Mate for getting herself in trouble again but she's willing to stay in jail to protect Mate. Mate told her she's done the right thing, he remembers what DC said to him. Love how assertively he told her that he's going to take care of her.


E: Lol, he grabbed the cell bars and told her the same words that David said, but really that's the thing they both have to do.

Lamb: Yeah, David’s the fool enlightening Mate about how precious Botong is. Mate shouts at Botong about how can she stay in jail for a few years despite not even being married yet, ahh, he really cares about Botong's future. He is marking his words that he will be taking care of her. He will.

L: Gwi Ji tending her wounded cheek with her friends keeps asking questions about her next move. Aha…….Mate is here to negotiate with her but he’s using reverse psychology to get her to release Botong. Anyway it’s working, smart move Mate.


E: He is helping her too, but in his way, everybody is different and they do things different too. If not, this world would be very boring.

L: DC went back to pick up Botong's clothing. I think he calls his dad's secretary to get Botong free but he was informed that Gwi Ji decided not to press charges.


E: Thanks to Mate's sacrifice.

Lamb: As promised to Botong that he will do whatever it takes to get her out of jail, the deal is that Mate will allow Gwi Ji to see him as much as she wants. I am glad that it is not David's connection that gets Botong out of jail as it will act as another pitiful point for Botong to go to David.

L: Mate went to the police station after he got her released but he saw them (Botong and DC) together, he decided not to bother them. Why is he in the background, Esther?


E: David was wating outside the jail for her, thinking about what the secretary of her father told him, that when he went there to release Botong, the charges were dropped by the girl. Maybe she thought David was the one who got her out, when it was Mate who acted first.

Lamb: Mate sees Botong and David from afar and he looks relieved that Botong is fine.

L: DC gets a call telling him that MG shopping is canceling their socks even if they are popular. They make trouble for Mate again.



E: Yes and maybe all of them will be fired.

Lamb: Botong knows that the person that's giving Mate the hard time is Na Hong Ran and she is feeling so sorry for Mate who is an illegitimate son.

L: Mate is getting desperate…….huhuhu…..I feel for him. He asks Yura to release the hidden password so he can fight with Hong Ran but Yura doesn’t think he’s capable to match up with Hong Ran yet. In her eyes he still has no visible strategies……I get so frustrated with this manipulative Yura.


E: She said his defenses were weak now, like no hope there.

L: Mate got all dressed up to see his dad even without the password but his dad won’t see him, so he told the secretary next time he comes he will have the password.


E: Ah, the password, why can’t he see him without that? I am curious about that code too.

Lamb: President Park is asking his secretary whether Mate came empty handed and when the answer is yes, he gives the excuse that he is tired and declines to see Mate. Perhaps the password is a thing!! The password will be the bridge to connect all of the puzzle.


L: Botong knew Mate was depressed because of his situation so she goes and begs Yura on her knees to give the password to Mate. DC was there to stop her. He picks her up and hurdles her out of Yura's way.


E: Liana, Lamb, she was on her knees in front of everybody, wow, she surprised me and Yura too. Now she knows David loves Botong, I didn't expect that.

Lamb: The scene where David carries Botong out from the Droptop Cafe is more embarrassing than when she kneels down in from of Yura. I just dislike his actions.



L: Later DC asks Yura to give Mate the password and reveals that he is actually President Park's son, that he’s more valuable than Mate. He will help her take care of Yura's daughter, it's all for the sake of his love for Botong. DC makes sure Yura knows that he does this for Botong. I smell a rat here Esther.


E: Whoa, a very big one and with cheese in its mouth. If Botong knows he did that she will be always grateful to him and Yura knows now that David loves Botong, so she will try to unite them to manipulate Mate better.

Lamb: Yeah Liana. This David, why does he need to be so specifically mentioning that he is not doing this to help Park Moon Soo or Dokgo Mate but he is doing this to protect Botong? Aren’t Park Moon Soo or Dokgo Mate his own half siblings too? Is family love not important to him?? His love for Botong doesn’t seem to be unconditional to me now anymore despite there being a moment that my heart was moved by his actions. Botong is easing and helping Mate with her own love, but the way that he wants to protect Botong just makes her suffocated to repay him. I am feeling so frustrated with David now.

L: I can see where all this is going……… Yura comes to the office to give the password to Mate in front of Botong telling her she did it because someone that cares for her is jeopardizing his life because of her. Why did Yura tell her that? Just give Mate the password you sneaky lady….ggggrrrr. Sorry, ladies…… My mind lost its train of thought.


E: What I told you both, she doesn’t want Mate with Botong, she wants Mate to be strong like a rock.

L: Botong runs searching for DC crying and hugging him telling him that she's sorry that she never saw his love for her.


E: But what did she say? It wasn’t I love you, it was thank you and I am sorry. And you noticed he set up the lights? He was waiting for her, girls, I am sure.

Lamb: Botong says that she is sorry that she has been ignoring David’s love and David replies that he is sorry for loving her. And then they hug each other with tears flowing down. My heart ached...my heart ached as Mate saw the whole thing!!

L: Huhuhu T_T……….Uhum Esther, Le Lamb, Mate saw the whole action but he did not interrupt them…..I can see his dejected face…..huhuhu. T_T. Why? Why? I guess we only have to find out in the next episode.


E: Yes, don’t worry twin, he has to learn to grow up more.

Lamb: The ending of episode 11 gave me a heavy heart and the way Mate handled his jealousy between Botong and David is more mature. Instead of using physical actions to grab Botong away from David, now he learns how to express it through words from his heart. I can see the growth of Mate to be more considerate and to put himself in other people's shoes.

L: Glad that you're with us again in this recap and thanks very much Le Lamb.

E: Until the next episode recap, thanks Le Lamb for being with us and don’t forget to comment on the blog post.

Lamb: Thanks Liana and Esther, I'm really happy joining this recap.

L: This week's lesson for Mate was that everyone is using each other as a stepping stone for success or gain. He also started learning about true love, to sacrifice without anything in return as long as his loved one is safe.


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