Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As far as .....


Hi Hi sisters .... We are seeing more pictures and footage of his 'not so private' Japan visit now. Looks like our prince had quite a fruitful trip accomplishing his goal of being an apprentice to a Lacquer Art master and a carefree tourist in Morioka and Tokyo. Well, almost everywhere in Tokyo except here :) Hehe, what do you expect? This is Gosireh, Yonsama's Headquarters in Japan!


With Yonsama's skyhigh popularity in Japan, we already expect Iwayama Urushi Museum will have non-stop visitors from now on. I enjoy watching the serene museum setting, the rustic interior and his finished artwork on TV. I just broke out laughing when even a half bottle of leftover tea from Yonsama has become newsworthy! The female reporter was ecstatic to drink the remaining cold uloong tea! (Did she even ask if Yonsama drank from a cup or DIRECTLY from the bottle?)


This reminds me of Chanwoo's sister in 'First Love'. Remember Chanyok loved her little brother so much that she always put him before herself. They were so poor and could only afford to buy a tiny fish for dinner, so she pretended she didn't like the taste of fish. After Chanwoo finished his dinner, she then SUCKED on the fish bone behind his back!


Or remember a scene in 'Have We Really Loved?' when Jaeho and Shinyeung were stuck in that private art gallery outside of Seoul? While they were still at a professor-student relationship, Shinyeung actually cared about Jaeho so much that she washed his socks with her BARE HANDS while he was asleep!


Hehe, what's my point of saying all these? While we will never have the 'privilege' of drinking Yong Joon's leftover tea, sucking his eaten fishbone or handwashing his worn socks (I know I know, we have dignity too :) I wonder how far we would actually go for him? or rather, what we wouldn't do even for our prince?

I was talking to a sister whom I haven't got in touched for a while tonight. Surprisingly, we both felt that while we are googoogaagaa-ing over Yong Joon's latest gorgeous pictures, it's his 'invisible' perseverance and quest for knowledge that are even more beautiful to admire. Maybe it'll please him more if he knows that we are following his example and devote in pursuing our own life goals, just like him chasing his own dreams. Am I making any sense? Thanks for reading :)

1st picture original from Shukan Josei, posted in BYJGallery by miemi, thanks.

30 comments:

Hyds said...

Yes you are Jaime..totally agree!! Been contemplating on studying photography. I am not too sure to go back on teaching or even try nursing.. Thanks to YJ's influence.
Love the pictures above..
Thanks.
Love, Hyds

Anonymous said...

hello!

I love the third picture it's so confy even with eyebags hehehe he looks so innocent(hehehe)innocent?

don't know with you gals but just can't help it,,my eyes are not liking his all dark outfit...makes him older...but love the beanie!for me lighter color really fits him yeah dark colors are very classic that's his personality...ok i got it......

newbie

jenny said...

Hi Jaime

Finally we can get to see our prince latest photos and know his whereabout. He is indeed very influential but also thank you very much to all the families for their support especially the japanese families. Do you agreed sis?

Thanks for the update and how the wheather there?

Take care & cheers

Jenny

Anonymous said...

Hi girls and Jaime,

Iwate Urushi Museum is actually receiving numerous phone calls and visitors, which I could easily imagine, but the place is under renovation right now and will not be opne to public till May. The official notice was out last night from bofi about it. I'm sure Iwate will attract more and more tourists becasue of Yon-sama effect.

Hi Jenny, here we are going to have one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, sakura!!, which is now forecate to bloom around 24th in central Tokyo. I can feel the early spring in the sunlight.

cloud nine

Anonymous said...

Yup Dear Jaime

It's his character which makes me continue to be his fan even though I don't really like his present look (the hairstyle and as Newbie said, the colours he wears). And of course his mesmerising acting which makes me rewatch his dramas and fastforward to his scenes.

Hoping for a new drama(same as you - great romantic drama)and a new look SOON.

S'pore fan

Yee said...

Hi Lady,

Hope you had an enjoyable time working on your own life goals in Japan.
I love Jaeho, deep in his thought while studying, I love him with glasses.
I am happy to learn that he is enjoying his almost normal person life and working hard for his book. I can imagine how excited he is to do something different from what he's been doing for more than a decade and a half. Who wouldn't??
Do you know what I want to do for him?? Cook for him, I want to cook and treat him with my delicious Burmese Food.
Take care dear and enjoy your work.

love,
Y.

jaime said...

Really Hyds? You are really serious about photography, huh? You mean you want to go back to school to study? Would you like to try part time studies first before giving up your work? I am sure you'll know what it's best for you when decision time comes. I hope you all the best in what you want to pursue. please take care!

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Hi newbie,

I agree w/ you. I think Yong Joon is one of the few men who can wear pastels so well. But his real preference is all neutral, hehe typical man!

p.s. yes, I also love Chanwoo in First Love, so courageous and strong!

love .. jaime

jaime said...

dear Jenny,

Like our cloudnine said, tokyo is getting warmer and sunnier than the week when Yong Joon was here. Our beautiful cherry blossoms time is coming and I can't wait :)

Yes, thanks to the overwhelming support of the Japanese families, Yong Joon is able to maintain his superstardom and pursue his dreams.

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Hi Cloudnine,

Before we travel all the way to Iwate Urushi museum and get trembled by so many Japanese sisters, maybe we can sneak over to Meguro Gajoen first which is much closer? (that's where Junko san has been asking me to go but I kept putting it off, yikes! now I am bumping my head on the wall :)

love .. jaime

jaime said...

yeah yeah S'pore fan,

I agree w/ you, as much as I adore his long hair, I also feel like a change is in order :) Afterall, it's been 3 years already!

Oh oh what old drama are you re-watching? Pray tell pray tell! I am almost finishing Winter Sonata for the 25th time already! Maybe I'll try yours please :)

love .. jaime

jaime said...

Dear Yee,

Yes, you are so right. He is using this 'Beauty of Korea' book to get to learn the culture and artisan crafts he always wanted to know about. And it's getting more and more obvious now with this Lacquer work.

Hehe, Yong Joon must love to try your wonderful cooking, especially coming from someone who is so kind and loving :) btw, what's in Burmese food? Please share.

love ... jaime

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaime and Bae sisters:
The whole world is in recession, except Washington D.C., where there is no problem about getting a job specially for young well- educated professionals. President Barack Obama is getting criticized now for his stimulus plan as against the free market economy. But for common people like us, who are in no position to change goals and visions, structural organizations, human resources of government or corporations, the wisest thing to do is what Bae Yong Joon is guiding us to. Study something you do not know, study something new, study until the worst economic situation is over.
Afterall everything comes to pass.
Sarang Hamnida,
josephine pasricha

Hyds said...

I am serious about it but it has to be an evening school like what I'm doing at the moment. Looking at September.. I just want to know the basic techniques and other things I need to know. That's one of the things I enjoy doing these days. I won't give up the day job of course.
Love,
Hyds

catt (from the US) said...

Hi... I read your blog all the time, but this is the first time I have posted.

I really like what you had to say about BYJ:

"it's his 'invisible' perseverance and quest for knowledge that are even more beautiful to admire. Maybe it'll please him more if he knows that we are following his example and devote in pursuing our own life goals, just like him chasing his own dreams."

Yes, a lot of people would do pretty extreme things to be near BYJ in some way, have a connection with him. But I agree with you that I think it would mean more to him for his fans not to go to extreme lengths to be near him per se, but to follow his example to make our lives more lovely, be inspired to do all we can do and be all we can be because of his example. That would be a legacy he would be proud of, I would think.

Thanks for your lovely, thoughtful blog on BYJ. Love visiting, reading and seeing the wonderful photos you post.

jenny said...

Hi Cloudnine

Thanks a lot for the info on the sakura blooming. Now I am really in coud nine already thinking of the beautiful sakura in your place.

Any planning to go with jaime to see the sakura ? If yes, hope we can see some photos of the beautiful sakura. Sorry am I too much ?

Jaime hope you don't mind using your blog to chat with cloudnine.
Anyway have a nice and wonderful weekend to all sisters.

Take Care

Jenny

chakachan said...

olla ms. jaime...
he's intellectually sexy isn't he?? he's the only guy I know that looks great with glasses and yet he dosen't look like a nerd at all!!! ha ha ha ha..his quest for learning is very much a turn on too. i won't be surprise why he loves conversations..he dosen't run out of things to say.
also he got me into wearing glasses too...ha ha ha..i wore contact lenses way back, but when WS came out..gee..i thought, yeah, why not?? glasses are cool too!!! so, now, i wear glasses!!!
in general, i feel happy for him. great that he was able to have quality time for himself..i just wish that he didn't have to hide for all the baesisters to find out...gotta zoom...take care!!!

MWAH!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaime

I'm watching Papa. It's sooooo.... difficult to find his old dramas. After trying so hard and so long, finally, I tried a 2nd hand shop. I had to go painstakingly through the whole lot as they did not catalogue their stock.

Pity it's only a VCD and has only Taiwanese Chinese audio and sub. I couldn't listen to his lovely voice. But at least I got to see a lovely him in a lovely drama.

PS: I'm still trying for a DVD with Korean audio and Eng sub.

As you know by now, I like to watch a good love story with a good ending. In Papa, I liked that they still loved each other even though they're divorced. I love watching those scenes where they displayed their love/concern for each other. I love to watch the love he and his daughter has for each other.

He looks really good when he was younger. Not that he's not handsome now. He still is. But there's something in his smiles and expressions which is a little different from now. And, I liked his hairstyle in Papa.

And, in Papa and any of his dramas, it's beyond explanation but it's just so nice to watch him.

S'pore fan

Yee said...

Dear Jaime,

I shouldn't be lenghtened your comment section, but you hit my favorite spot "COOKING", hee .. so how can I resist??
Our main Burmese food is like most of the Asian countries, white rice with varieties of dishes, which we call "hinn" like chiken dish - kyet thar (chicken) hinn, Ngar (fish) hinn.. etc. Hinn are like meat, poultry, fish, shrimp, etc. with gravy. Our gravy is made from chilli paste, onion, garlic, ginger, lemmon grass for selected dishes, tomato or termerind (for sour dishes) and cooking style is mostly slow cooking especially for meat.
Have some fried dishes, grilled dishes and our own style many varieties of salad.
And the desserts are mainly made with sweet rice and coconut.
And one authentic/traditional food, we are very proud to present is "La Phet Thoke" (Preserved Tea Leaves salad"
Every Burmese house serves the visitors/guests this la phet thoke with tes, and it's mid day snack for the adults, late night snack for the young people preparing different ways.
Oh dear lady, it will be never ending writings ... so please visit me someday, I'll make all kinds of Burmese food during your stay.
Thanks for asking.

love,
Y.

jaime said...

Thanks Josephine,

Your words are always so wise. Yes, I think your advice is very sound at any time, study and learn new skills and wait for opportunities to arise. It is indeed very worrisome when you hear thousands of jobs being lost everyday. That ripple effect will filter to everyone eventually, regardless of which field you are at. I just pray that we can all ride through this recession without suffering substantial damage. I hope you and your family all the best!

love .. jaime

jaime said...

You know Hyds,

I admire you having the motivation to pick up a new skills. I hope you all the success and this is the best time when you don't have a child yet :) trust me, it's a 18 years AT LEAST responsibility!

love .. jaime

jaime said...

Thank you Catt (from the US) for writing to me. Yes, I think if Yong Joon realizes that incredible friendship his fans have built up all around the world, this is one accomplishment that no politicians, religious leaders or anyone can achieve. Nice to hear that you enjoy coming here :)

regards ... jaime

jaime said...

Hi Hi Jenny,

Yes, I definitely will go around to admire the Sakura. It's my pleasure to post them, just hope I won't bore you. Hehe, I actually posted some last year but this year I'll try to go to nicer places :)

love .. jaime

jaime said...

Hahaha chakachan,

You switch to glasses because of him?! So is it the Paul Smith glasses in Winter Sonata, his Chrome Heart glasses in the Cultural award or any of the Megane Ichiba styles? Bet you look cool in all of them :)

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Dear S'pore fan,

I am sorry that you are not able to find much BYJ drama. Yes, I just went into Yesasia, Ebay and walawala for you and surprisingly there are mostly Untold Scandal and April Snow. Maybe it's the timing, please be patient. I remember when I started to scout for Yong Joon's DVDs 3 years ago, I was able to get most of mine from Yesasia and local DVD shops. If I find out more from other Bae sisters, I'll let you know. But if you live in Singapore (hehe, I guess it from your handle name), I also wonder why you have a hard time finding it. Maybe there are more in Hong Kong or Taiwan? There are tons in Canada, can you believe it?!

Hehe, I love Papa too. He is so handsome and gentle there. Okidoki, I'll watch Papa next, just like you :) thanks for the suggestion.

love ... jaime

jaime said...

Aiyo my dear Yee,

Thank you so much for educating me on Burmese food. I am drooling right now and I can't wait for that opportunity to taste your wonderful cooking. Your kind hubby and lovely daughters are so lucky to have a great chef mommy like you!

hehe, writing from a terrible cook :) love ... jaime

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaime

Thank you so much for going into YesAsia, eBay and walawala for me and for watching out for me.

Maybe, in the first wave when Winter Sonata was first shown in S'pore, the video shops could have brought more dramas into S'pore. But not now.

I became a fan much later in Dec 2006. So, I missed his 2004 visit as well. Can you believe it - I didn't even follow any of the newspaper/TV reports let alone see him in person. What a waste!!!!

I'm surprised that tons can be found in Canada. Lucky you.

Best regards
S'pore fan

Anonymous said...

Hi Jaime

I agree with you. BYJ has attracted us not only in the looks dept but for me, even more in his character traits-his diligence, perseverance, sense of responsibility and accountability . . . and whenever I feel giving up trying too hard, my mind will go to what BYJ would do and I'd push on . . . usually to better results. Yes, he's influenced me that much . . .

alcy

jaime said...

Hi alcy,

Sometimes I can't even believe that we, being mature and educated, can be influenced so much by an actor. But then, we never really see him as JUST an actor, right? He is much much more than that :) Thanks for writing to me!

regards ... jaime

Anonymous said...

Hi jaime

If I saw him just as an actor, I wouldn't have been bothered to follow any trickle of BAE-newsworthy stuff. It definitely goes deeper than that. To me, he represents a lot more and I respect that he is slooooow (in your words, haha) in choosing projects cos he wants to do things right. He's not just an actor . . .

alcy