Dear Chunsas, here it is. His signature. Uri Yuchunnie is in possession of YOUR stories. This is for you! He wants us to be happy! He said so!
How did this happen? I didn’t really think it could go this far. I thought it was impossible. It was just a wish to me. Today, three years ago, is technically the day I became a Chunsa. So this is like a… I don’t know, I’m lost for words haha!
What happened between today and today three years ago? How and why did I land myself in Chunsaland? It was basically Lee Gak’s fault. He led me to Lee Seon Jun. And Lee Seon Jun, that punk, had me at Ibushio! And led me to where Park Yuchun was. Then one look at the real Park Yuchun and I was trapped. There was nothing I could do but embrace my fate of being Park Yuchun’s Chunsa. There was no way out, so I wasn’t going anywhere. I met friends, beautiful and kind people like Yuchun himself. I was very curious, why are these people here in Chunsaland? How did they come here? Why do we like this one guy so much? So I started reading stories. I started reading fan accounts. I was star-struck! It was like seeing a very big, bright star that is Yuchun, surrounded by these many little stars twinkling their darnedest for the big bright star! People’s lives were touched and changed. People were inspired. I was thinking, “Does Yuchun know about this?” Does he have any idea how loving him have changed some of these girls’ lives?
I was happily strolling along the safe and friendly streets of Chunsaland when I caught a glimpse of some twisted roads outside our safe haven. I was afraid to even get a closer look at those roads because they looked quite nasty. I didn’t know if I could handle it. One day, in May of 2015, I tried it. I thought I was ready. I wasn’t a baby Chunsa anymore. For two nights my heart felt like it went through a wringer. I am really just a mouse, I am literally a small lady haha, but if someone hurts the people I love, I fight. The mouse turns into… uhh… a cat? But this time I was helpless. How to fight this? It’s better to not mind them, my Chunsa friends said. But my heart wouldn’t rest. I had to do something. And that’s how I thought of starting a blog about Yuchun and Chunsas, without knowing a single thing about blogging. I’m an idiot when it comes to these things. But it was the content I was more concerned with, I said to myself I’ll just think about the technical side later on. The blog will be different, it will not be news about Yuchun intended for Chunsas. It will be stories of Chunsas, their thoughts and feelings about Yuchun, intended for Yuchun. At that time my thoughts were “He won’t probably read it, how is that even possible?” Haha. But it was a wish. I wish for him to see the heart and mind of his people, his Chunsa. If haters stumble upon it, another purpose is served. After every page, they will see what a Chunsa really is. And that would somehow reflect on Yuchun himself.
And so I created Pages Bound By 6002 and posted the first story on June 12, 2015, but only privately. On July 12, after all my personal issues were not issues anymore, when I learned I wasn’t going to die any time soon (ahaha!), Pages was ready to go public. And the rest, you can read them right here ! 😀
There was another wish hidden between the pages. Since I could not write a book for Yuchun (how I wish I could) – I don’t have the skills or the knowledge to do so – I thought of printing Pages Bound By 6002 when I have 100 stories to print and then send it to Yuchun. I didn’t have any idea how I was going to go about it. I just wanted to do it and I am going to do it whatever it takes and whenever it would take me. Pages was only on its 40th story when an opportunity came knocking in October of 2015. An angel, by the name of Angella, was going to Seoul in December. I wasn’t really very serious in the beginning because as I said, there were only 40 stories. I haven’t reached my goal of 100 yet. But you know how when a seed is planted, it will take root and it will grow before you know it? Well, it did.
Now we’re going to share with you how it all happened. Part 1 is the process of making it into an actual magazine. And Part 2 is the journey the magazine took to reach Yuchun’s hands.
October 12: I told Angella, half seriously, half in jest, that I wish we already had 50 stories at Pages. I would have the book printed so she could hand carry it to MicKiss when she goes to Seoul in December. And she said something that I didn’t even think of!
So I had to finish everything in one and half months then send the magazine to Angella by December 1st. After two days, I was getting frustrated. As I said, I don’t know anything about these things. “These” includes doing layouts for magazines haha! I needed help, even virtual help was fine. I had something in mind but I didn’t know how to transfer it into actual reality. Aiyoo poor graphics-challenged CHUNworm!
And to my eternal glee, I found virtual help haha! Google is such a helpful thing! But I only had 7 days trial period before I will be asked to upgrade my account into a one-year one! So I had to work REALLY fast. Come on! Seven days! Haha! I immediately made a few sample pages: the cover page, and a few other pages to show to Angella. I was doing it like a pro! Well, sort of. Haha!
By October 16th I was doing the layout of the 14th story!
The night before my account expired, I was trying to finish the magazine but there was a family emergency. We had to bring my mum to the hospital again. She had a minor stroke in Sept. Thank God she was fine after several hours at the hospital and we were able to go home at around two in the morning.
Hmmm guess what, I finished it on time! 😀 But I just couldn’t say if everything was okay. There was no time to proofread everything. I have decided to just have it printed at Angella’s so we could avoid shipping time. But when the first copy was printed it was very obvious I had to edit. The margins weren’t good, some photos were blurred, I found some typos, the binding… ugh! But my dilemma was, one year account was too much. I wasn’t going to publish every month! So I contacted customer service and asked them if I could just subscribe to a one-month account because I will only be needing it for a while, not even a month. She said she could help me, she taught me how to go about it, but I had to watch out and contact her before the month was up. Wahhh that was a total relief! So I now had a whole month to do it one more time haha!
After ten days, my angel was following it up hahaha!
To lighten up the serious business of finding hi res pix, I shared this with Angella. 😀
True love’s kiss??? She’s three years old! And the only things she watch are Disney Princess stories and Peppa Pig! 😮
At last, I finished Pages on Print on December 2nd! Well, except for a few editing to be done on one or two pages which I only saw when I had ALREADY downloaded the file and attached for emailing to Angella! Gaaaahhh! So another half-day of downloading and attaching. Aigooyah…
On December 14th, Pages on Print was literally on print! At long last!
And there you go Chunsas. Pages on Print was perfectly printed and was in its box and ready to go to its owner – 6002 – five days before take off.
Angella, you are indeed an angel and a Chunsa. You did so much for Pages. I owe you bigtime sweetie. To Feby and Nicky, thank you! You ladies were awesome!
To the beautiful and kind lady who helped us to request for Yuchun’s signature, how do I thank you enough for this? I don’t know how. My heart is filled with gratitude for you.
To Yuchun’s mum, thank you for sharing your beautiful son with us, his fans. I salute you for raising that little boy into this wonderful man he has become. A lot of mum Chunsas envy you for having not just one, but two wonderful sons. You are truly blessed.
To Yuchun, how do I even begin to thank you? How do I even dare to address you?! The words are floating beyond my grasp. It was easier to pour my heart out when I thought it was impossible for you to read it. But now that there’s a chance you might actually read it I’m speechless haha! Jellybean noona is back to being a mouse! But it’s okay, right? You are Micky after all!
Thank you, uri Yuchun-ah, thank you for inspiring us, thank you for coming into our lives even through the hexabytes, thank you for making us smile, for making us proud, thank you for our beautiful, precious Wallet, thank you for making me sob my heart out hearing your voice singing your beautiful songs, thank you for just being you. Please be healthy, be happy. We cannot ask for more.
We love you. Always. All ways.