I have been a Korean-drama addict since 2006. It all started when I watched a K-drama broadcasted on our local TV and I became a fan of a Korean actor, a 36 year-old ahjussi! He is now 45 years old. Yes, I used to be attracted to older/matured guys. So you see, Yuchun didn’t stand a chance with me during that time haha!
In 2008, I was invited… uhh dragged, to be more precise, to a K-Pop event by my friend whose friend was the president of a fan club. I was not a K-Pop fan (still won’t be if it wasn’t for JYJ), but I went along with her. I guess the headcount mattered more to her than the enthusiasm of her recruit haha! I remember I wore a blue shirt because we were given instructions to wear something blue. Uhm no relevance to my story here but I just had to mention it because it now reminds me that it’s Yuchun’s color hehe. But if you’re interested to know what happened, here is an account from a Filipino fan who attended the event.
After reading once again this fan account I suddenly remember the uproar from the fan girls when the K-pop artists gave their video messages to Filipino fans. The 4,000 screaming fan girls did create a mini-earthquake in that venue. And it was there that I first saw and became aware of DBSK; five good-looking young guys who had lots of fans called Cassiopeia. I had fun during the event, but I was basically just a K-drama fan so that was it for me. No one stood out in my eyes. Not even that guy with the wide forehead!
I also came to like Kim Jung-Eun in 2008. I always watched her SBS Chocolate show. I anticipated who will be her guests every episode. If it happened to be Korean actors, I would look forward to it. But if her guests were K-Pop groups, I would skip the episode. Yes, a missed chance of watching the episode where DBSK were guests. But I remember the episode featured a blind girl who can sing and play the piano. Yes, it’s the same girl whose Documentary film Yuchun has volunteered to lend his voice for the narration. And yes, you’ve probably guessed I so want to kick myself for not watching it at that time! I only saw the video last year when I was searching for Yuchun/DBSK videos.
But as months went by, I gradually lost interest in watching K-dramas. I just watched a few which I found interesting.
In 2011, I watched “Scent of A woman.” I liked one particular song in the OST which was sang by an idol named Xiah Junsu. I saw him do a cameo in the drama, but I did not recognize him from the video shown during the K-Pop event in 2008. I loved his song, but I didn’t have any interest to search for more information about him. Sorry Junsu. So yeah, a missed chance of knowing about JYJ and Yuchun again.
I also started watching Miss Ripley in 2011 but I stopped after a few episodes because of the plot. I just couldn’t stand Lee Da Hae’s character! I did not even notice Yuchun there, never mind remember him to be one of the five good-looking guys from TVXQ. Reason – I ignored young guys even if they were good-looking. Well, at least I knew he was good-looking. I just wasn’t looking! Haha!
Had I still been following Kim Jung-Eun in 2011, I would have known that she lent her voice to JYJ’s song In Heaven. I only knew about it, well, last year of course when I was Yuchun-video hunting. Yes, another chance lost of knowing about JYJ.
In 2012, I studied Korean Language at a learning institution. I made friends not only with K-drama lovers, but with those who loved Korean culture and K-POP as well. But then even if I became friends with diehard KPOP fans, nobody in my circle of friends was a fan of JYJ.
In early 2013, Rooftop Prince was broadcasted here in my country but I couldn’t watch it on its afternoon time slot, so I decided to watch it later, and just wrote it on my K-drama bucket list to finish in 2013. But I didn’t watch it… simply because, when I saw the poster, I saw some not-so-attractive, weird-looking young guys in sweatsuits! They did not catch my interest really… so again a chance to know Yuchun down the drain.
I only watched Sungkyunkwan Scandal in 2013 but guess what, I got attracted to the wrong guys! Yes, I got attracted to Yoo Ah In and Song Joong Ki…not Yuchun! Okay, who wants to kick me first? Get in line, me first!
I liked Yoon Eun-Hye, I’ve practically seen all her dramas except for Missing You because I have really no interest in heavy dramas. And yet another well-deserved kick in the butt for missing this chance to see Yuchun!
In early 2014, I stopped following the career of my first love – the ahjussi Korean actor – so I think that’s the time my heart was able to recognize another Korean man.
With all those many ‘almost-encounters’ with Yuchun fate has thrown at me, I think it got tired and finally threw me something I couldn’t dodge anymore. It was in July 2014. I was just watching random Korean dramas and I finished “Wonderful Mama.” One of the lead stars was Jung YuMi. I liked her in that drama so I searched for her other projects and that’s how I ended up (at last!) watching Rooftop Prince. And yes! I fell in love with Lee Gak, the guy I dismissed as not-so-attractive, weird-looking young guy in sweatsuit! Because I loved Lee Gak, I became interested in the actor playing the role and I discovered this wonderful man named Park Yuchun! I am grateful to Jung YuMi (Sena/crown princess role) for being used by fate, for me to finally see this gem of a man they call Park Yuchun.
All the things I have discovered about him make me like him even more. The more I know him, the more my feelings for him gets deeper. It’s very unlike me to be attracted to a younger Korean guy. Yuchun changed my mindset in admiring younger men.
Yuchun is a matured guy. At his age he has accomplished a lot. I never imagined he had another career which was in KPOP world! Honestly, I was surprised when I saw his photos in The Return of the King Concert in Seoul. Because he was wearing make-up! Hahaha! But then, I reminded myself that he is an Idol, he is a Kpop star, so definitely he would wear make-up. But the thing is, I find him so manly even with the make-up, unlike other Kpop stars who look… girly. Yuchun still looks handsome with the eye make-up! Or is it that he looks EVEN MORE handsome because of it? Haha!
I am really blown away with his acting skills, but he amazed me too with his talent in singing/writing/composing songs/rapping! How on earth can a man be so multi-talented and at the same time posses a kind heart, is a loving son and brother, a loyal friend to JJ & JS and also very humble with all his popularity, and to top it all, is gifted with good looks? Park Yuchun has it all… almost the perfect man in every way.
After Rooftop Prince, it was down the love lane for me. I browsed the web for more information about Yuchun. I discovered blogs/fan sites dedicated to him and his group JYJ. I watched a lot of Yuchun/JYJ/DBSK videos on Youtube. Although of course I know I have a long way to go before I can say I’ve watched them all. I need a lot of time to watch the tons of videos on Youtube. Maybe I’ll have that much needed time when he leaves us for two years.
The song Love in the Ice and Empty Space For You were my first favorites. His high notes in Love in the Ice – Korean version completely moved me and brought me deep down further into his complex but colorful KPop world. Actually, the harmonization of DBSK’s five voices were so good that I searched for more old DBSK songs too! It’s DBSK/JYJ and Yuchun’s solos I’m listening non-stop since I became a Chunsa. It’s like I can’t sleep without listening to his voice every night. His voice makes my heart feel at ease. Whenever I feel tired or stressed out, I just need to listen to his deep soothing voice, and everything seems to be alright.
His SMILE makes my heart flutter and I feel like MY world gets brighter just seeing his radiant smile.
I loved Park Yuchun the actor first, I was captivated with his superb acting skills in RTP. And I loved him more when I watched his other dramas and movie and knew about his other career as a KPOP singer. As I came to learn about his personality through what people say about him, I loved him even more. I cannot get him out of my mind and my heart. And I also get worried over him… just like how Chunsas all over the world worry over him and love and care for him.
I might not comment on his concerts/FM performances, etc., but I love him when he is singing… and his voice is to die for (I borrowed this phrase from another Chunsa hehe).
I cannot comment on the real Yuchun as a person because I do not know him that much, I’ve only read a few articles/interviews about him.
I might not join in spazzing over Yuchun in real time… I am not always online…
But I’m trying to get updates as much as I can.
But I’m just always here for Yuchun and for Chunsas.
I have only been a Chunsa for one year and it’s been like a roller coaster ride! I’ve enjoyed the ride a lot, met lovely ladies/Chunsas online and in real life! I am grateful to the lovely and kind Chunsas who have accepted and welcomed a newbie like me. Anyway, thank you for walking with me down my long and winding road leading to Park Yuchun.
To : Mr. Park Yuchun, your smile is like the sun that lights up my whole world, so thank you for coming into my life. Sorry it took me so long to fall in love with you! But I am very grateful I became a Chunsa, even if it’s a tad late… knowing you is such a wonderful blessing that happened to me. You are in my prayers… wishing you all the very best.
Thank You so much and I love You!!! Jeongmal Komapgo Saranghaeyo!!! 정말 고맙고 사랑해요!!!
Written by: alyne_6002
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