pretty gain


everybody knows, everybody knows where we're going;
yeah we're going down

Hello :) I'm Gem, and this journal is 40% personal life and 60% fangirl flail over Super Junior, general k-pop, NEWS, and the occasional JE / j-pop. My fandom-related posts will mostly be public, while personal will be under lock and key (I am paranoid, yes). I have biases and they tend to show, but I try to be objective. Really. It's not my fault if it doesn't work out. Life is hard like that :|

If all this sounds like your cup of tea, please read the below.

Friending policy: I am currently friending only those whom I've met before in previous interactions. If we've never interacted before or I don't know who you are, then chances are I won't add you back unless I know you better, because I'm not entirely comfortable with strangers reading about my personal life. Feel free to add me if you want though, since this journal is semi-public, and I'd love to get to know you better :D

In summary, talk to me a bit and I'll most likely adore you and we'll be great friends :D

Currently not friending because I really don't have the time anymore to be a good lj friend D:
pretty gain

i call this: credit greed

This is too much. I understand if you put logos on pictures/fancams that you took yourself because - well, you took them yourself. I understand if you credit yourself for translations. But this, I cannot understand.

MyPaper is a national newspaper in Singapore. It is owned and published by SPH. "13elieveSG" does not have any ownership over it: he/she/they did not write it, nor edit it, nor print it, nor invest in it. All they did was to scan it. They didn't even translate it.

I somehow don't think that scanning an article gives you the right to put your own logo on it. In fact, even if they translated it, the only right they own is over the translation, not the article in any way, shape or form. And I don't believe that uploading and sharing the article is reason to insist that people give you credit for it. Yup, that's right, "". If sharing gave us the right to claim credit for the printed work, then I could talk about a New York Times article on this LJ and insist that people credit me for sharing it. See how ridiculous that is?

I think these people need to have a good hard look at what copyright infringement and intellectual property mean because they obviously do not have a clue. Or maybe they do, except that they're too caught up in wanting to promote their fansite/twitter/etc. in whatever unethical way that they can. And I honestly, honestly hope that the rest of fandom isn't dumb enough to realise that no, credit does not need to be given to the "sharer, uploader, or scanner". Most especially if it's a fucking national newspaper article.
highly approved

the last men standing!

The amazing thing about this group is that you can be half out of the fandom and kind of yeah well this doesn't apply to me anymore cos it's, you know. I've better things to do, like read a book (not that I am saying anything against books, okay, just that they're a completely different sort of pleasure), and then BAM you go watch their concert just because they're here and you know that Super Shows are always fun, and BAM BAM BAM you're pulled straight back in like you put a foot into quicksand.

They're just so absolutely fantastic at tugging at your heartstrings, making you want to cry, instigating you to laugh and scream ridiculous things at them like: "GET IT SUNGMIN", and dressing up as Marilyn Monroe and Britney Spears and Steve Jobs and still managing to look madly adorable. And I mean, if you're able to look adorable in a black turtleneck, jeans and a creepy centre parting while chomping on apples, you've got a mad talent, just saying.

Also, OUR LOVE. I'm dying to find a fancam of it on the second day because it was the most stunning moment I've ever encountered in concert. All the factors just culminated together (despite the lack of EunHae, which I'm still bewildered over cos, I mean, no EunHae during Our Love?! The world, it is collapsing!): 1) Almost every single fan in the stadium holding up red hearts, 2) the absolutely gorgeous remix and musical interlude, 3) the video of their debut days and first concert, 4) the boys all hugging each other, 5) the fans singing one verse unaided, 6) Teukie and Shindong both crying. It was a gorgeous moment. I can't even begin to describe it. Certainly it's not on the musical level as say, X Japan, but it doesn't really have to be because it was so emotional and you just wanted to bawl and be all, aww my boys look how far you've come and despite all the members leaving and leopard prints and fishnets and music videos in a box - YOU'RE STILL HERE SINGIN' TO US.

The opening, too, was kind of...stunning to say the least. With the stadium waving the glittery blue lightsticks (okay, so Sapphire Blue Ocean is not the most mature name around but the effect is still very beautiful) and the stage all flashing red and the boys coming out silhouetted against the red light and...SUPER JUNIOR, THE LAST MEN STANDING! God it was dynamite! It was goosebumpy! It was screamy! It was - OH MY GOODDDD LOOK AT THEMMM THEY'RE SO PRECIOUS AND ARROGANT AND DESERVEDLY SO! And BAM BAM all the greatest hits came rolling out one by one, Twins, A Man in Love, Opera, Don't Don, Rokkugo, etc.etc. and you're like okay so what if they have an average age of 27.5 years and are thus considered a step before being fossils in the Museum of Kpop, THEY CAN MOVE. AND THEY CAN MAKE YOU MOVE, OH YES THEY CAN.

All the solos rocked out, Kyuhyun with his beautiful harmonica rendition of "Isn't She Lovely", Henry with his Bruno Mars (I LOVE BRUNO MARS), Hyukjae with his SAY-MY-NAME (and you'll always be Lee Hyukjae, stay that way, you couldn't be more fabulous if you were Brad Pitt - actually you would be older and graying with a little belly so.), Sungmin with his girl-grinding, everything was so - for lack of a better word, wonderful! They just make you smile and sing and dance and chant along. And of course, Oppa Oppa. BEST CONCERT SONG EVER EXCEPT FOR ROKKUGO. Says something that it got HALF A STADIUM OF SOUTH-EAST ASIAN GIRLS ROCKING OUT. Cos we're South-East Asians, and we're as slitty-eyed (well actually SE-Asians have pretty big eyes) and poker-faced as they come. You do not get us out of our seats easily. We have special butt glue that keep us stuck to our seats. And yet half the stadium got up and bounced and screamed OPPA!

The ridiculous antics and getting splashed by jets of water and the cheesy pick-up lines ("Everytime we come to Singapore, we're amazed at how beautiful the country is. But even more beautiful, are the fans. What do they eat to make them so beautiful?"), the comebacks ("CRAB!"), the silly bantering ("I want to do this for ten hours." "....YOU DO IT YOURSELF."), the bowing, the gratitude, the interaction, the acknowledgement of fan projects, the always-on understanding of what fans want and the sincerity in wanting to please their fans and put on the best show (cos, I mean, FOUR HOURS AND JETS OF WATER HITTING THEIR CROTCHES).

I love this group and I will sing my heart out for them, and I will wave my little blue lightstick (that says 'Donghae' because it's the only stick I have that works - um), and I will clap till my hands are sore and scream "SARANGHAEYO <insert name>" during Our Love. That's all. ♥
hyuk :|

Immortal Words.

"But the trouble is there aren't any bends in my road. I can see it stretching straight out before me to the sky-line...endless monotony. Oh, does life ever frighten you, Anne, with its blankness...Anne, I want to travel. It's the one thing I've always longed for. I remember the one and only picture that hung on the wall of my attic room at Uncle Henry's...a faded old print that had been discarded from the other rooms with scorn. It was a picture of palms around a spring in the desert, with a string of camels marching away in the distance. It literally fascinated me. I've always wanted to go and find it...I want to see the Southern Cross and the Taj Mahal and the pillars of Karnak. I want to know...not just believe...that the world is round."
hyukhae smile

What does it take to make you happy?

You know what, people?

That is, the people who are whining about how they're sick of EunHae / EunHae is boring, overhyped, played up, etc.; or the even weirder whines about how they like Donghae but don't like Hyukjae (thus don't like it when Donghae works with Hyukjae) or how they like Hyukjae but not Donghae (and thus don't like Hyukjae to work with Donghae)...

For fuck's sake, can you see the smiles on their faces? The amount of tweets today? They're happy doing their thing. So what if there are some shippers who annoy you or go overboard in their shipping? It has nothing to do with the fact that Hyukjae and Donghae are excited about Oppa Has Risen, are happy about it, are promoting it as much as they can on Twitter, have the support of Suju, and are smiling widely while doing it.

So for the sake of shutting up, shut up and just enjoy it, gdi.

And if you can't do that simple thing, I have only this to say:

highly approved

They're six, six, six!

Super Junior 6th Anniversary!

LOL look at these beansprouts with their alien hair on Nov 6, 2005 :D They were really petrified weren't they?

Same performance, four years later, how the boys have grown. :D

Thank you Ryeowook for posting up that sepia-y image of SJ being precious and making me all sniffly that aww look how far they've come despite losing members to army and individual projects and having weird 'ubersexual' animal print and fishnet concepts.

Stay happy and healthy and successful!
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a dear sme letter

SME, it's not really that difficult to make a passable music video.

It's quite simple, actually.

All you have to do is not put your group in a box.

You could put them in a carpark, or a house, or a shopping mall, or a park, or a wide open field. Anything goes. Just not a box.

You could have them smiling and patting each other's heads. Maybe feeding each other grass. Anything goes. Just not dancing in two outfits and making faces at the camera via random inserts.

So see, it's very simple.

Now learn from the professionals:

Brown Eyed Girls stays fantastic, and SME stays unimpressive.
kangin smiles

for posterity

Because this cracked thundersquall and I up so much, it deserves to be shared with everyone too :D (mostly Singaporeans, though, since I'm not sure how much a non-Singaporean would understand) but anyway:

Super Junior as Singaporean Boyfriends

And yes, they pretty much fail...very badly. Except for Siwon and Sungmin.

So, Super Junior as Singaporean boyfriends in various scenarios! Written by both me and thundersquall :D

On Going to the Beach to Watch a Movie Screening


You: Let's go to the beach tomorrow, there's a free screening of Ice Age.
Kyuhyun: …what for?!
You: It'll be fun!
Kyuhyun: …just download it lah!


You: Let's go to the beach tomorrow, there's a free screening of Ice Age.
Kibum: Okay.
You: It'll be so much fun!
Kibum: Yup. Okay. If you want to go lor.


You: Let's go to the beach tomorrow, there's a free screening of Ice Age.
Donghae: OMG OKAY!!!! :DDDD!
You: We can bring like, beehoon and stuff!


You: Let's go to the beach tomorrow, there's a free screening of Ice Age.
Ryeowook: Ooh!! So fun! Okay! /claps hands
You: Can bring some food…
Ryeowook: Okay! I will make beehoon, curry chicken, fried chicken, nuggets, fried rice, …what else ar? Oh yeah, can bring fruits too for dessert, eh I go NTUC buy strawberries to eat with cream hehe.


You: Let's go to the beach tomorrow, there's a free screening of Ice Age.
Kangin: Har, what fuck Ice Age.
You: That cartoon lah, last time got show one, very nice.
Kangin: Ka ni nah, beach damn hot lah.
You: But it'll be fun…
Kangin: Some more sure got the cheebye mosquito one.
You: But I really want to go leh…
Kangin: okokokokoklah. Wah lau eh. I call my kaki come along.


Heechul will not go.

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