Archive for 07/02/2010

HyoYeon ‘Resiliency’

Posted in Girls Generation, Hyoyeon, KPOP, SNSD on 07/02/2010 by whatevertoni

Written by: chikopae

taken from THIS SITE

She’s a polarizing figure in the girl group arena, even among SONE’s, some ignore her, some dismiss after noting she’s the dancing queen, and her partisans are PASSIONATELY protective of her. They want to see her get her due because they think she’s underutilized and under appreciated. And I can agree with that.

Yes, she can dance. I think part of the perception gap, part of the problem if you want to think of it that way, is that she is an exceptional dancer, at a level above what’s required to be successful in the girl group idol races. Of course that’s a source of professional frustration for her. Unless it’s a special stage, 95% of her dancing is conforming to what the other girls are doing, especially Soshi’s stage coreography that values uniformity. And really, Soshi’s dance style is pretty far removed from where her passions lie, with the more technically challenging disciplines of popping and locking.

Hyoyeon is best appreciated when she’s in motion. She’s most expressive when she’s allowed to be outside of the limits of the group. In quantum physics there’s a thing called Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. Bear with me, really, I have a point to make. To oversimplify it, you could say, the more certain you are of an object’s position, the less certain you are of its movement. Take a perfectly still snapshot of a thrown ball. You can’t tell what direction it was going. But if you have a very blurry crappy video of that ball, you might not know to the millimeter where it was, but you have a rough idea of how it moved. Okay, so where am I going with this?

Hyoyeon is that ball. She can best communicate with motion, kinetic frenzy, rhythm, shifting positions. Not with a close up, not with a seated interview or heaven forbid, a photo. You can’t constrain her and expect to see the real Hyoyeon. This is what it means to be a dancer. Not a multi-talented idol type person who can sing great, and dance great, and do photo shoots for CF’s. Yes, she does all those things for Soshi, yes, she’s really cute, but you gotta know that it kills her to sit still and look into a camera.

That’s quite a sacrifice for her to make. She’s wants to express herself in her chosen language, where she’s really eloquent and fluent, but she’s not allowed to.

On her Strong Heart appearance recently, Hyoyeon said that after their debut, she had strong thoughts about leaving Soshi. Here she was, a DANCER, and she was waving a lollipop. Over and over and over again. Without a doubt, she’s stifled. If you think the occasional special stage is sufficient for you, you should think again. Those are done to showcase the depth of Soshi. Look, we have three/four members that can dance something other than Gee. And they do. But folks, that’s like a highschool play for her. Only the highschool play actors gets more time to rehearse than the Soshi members get for their special stages.

So yes, professionally, and personally, her strongest voice is kept to a whisper. But I think her expressions come out in other ways. She’s an incredibly active personality. If you were a really talkative person, but worked in a library, you’d be a fidgeter. That energy has to come out somewhere else. I think she takes that creativity, that energy and applies in some pretty unexpected directions. Most of the Soshi members have a consistent role in the group. A comfort zone, with a limited range of behavior and expected sets of responses. I think Hyoyeon takes the opportunity and becomes seven or eight different people, depending on who she’s beating up, hugging, mugging, consoling, poking, mothering, or otherwise vegetating with. She takes on the role that the other member needs. For most people, that’d be confusing and exhausting. But she needs it, otherwise she’d get hinky.

What that provides to the group is a safety net. Consider that it’s pretty stressful being in Soshi. Tons of pressure to perform at a consistently high level. People aren’t by nature consistent. They have ups and downs, good days and bad. Think about that. No idol group is more professional than our girls. It doesn’t matter what they’re doing, they’re doing the best job that they can, every day. That can only happen if there are considerable amounts of give and take within the group. The word I’m looking for is resiliency. I think Hyoyeon is a large factor in that resiliency because she can identify a need and adjust to it.

That’s what she brings to Soshi. That’s why we should all love her. I’m pretty sure that’s why the girls do.

whatevertoni says: Hyoyeon is an artist that YG Entertainment never had.


Hyoyeon can’t be anonymous

Posted in Girls Generation, Hyoyeon, KPOP, SNSD with tags on 07/02/2010 by whatevertoni

She is such a beauty!

Will post more!

Are you suicidal?!

Posted in blah, random Korean stuff with tags , , , , on 07/02/2010 by whatevertoni

Guidelines for suicide below. LOL.

List of suicides that I know of:

  • Park Yongha
  • Kim Daul (I still like reading her blog.
  • BOF girl (forgot her name)
  • Suicide in Shangrila Mall, Manila (I was there yesterday, but I wasn’t there during the actual time of suicide.)
  • A number of suicide cases near Vito Cruz LRT station

When I hear that someone committed suicide, I can’t help but be affected. It affects me in such a way I can never understand. I mean I don’t know if I should pity the person who committed suicide. However, I pity more the people they left behind. I firmly CONDEMN the ACT of suicide, not the person.

It’s such a tragic way to die. I think it’s far worse that being murdered or something because a person willed it to happen.

I think committing suicide is a loser’s way out. Sure, life is tough. But it’s not ALWAYS (as in all the time, 24/7) tough. There are highs and lows in life, okay? I think we all need to crawl in our low times and enjoy our highs.

I try my best not to just the person himself/herself. Maybe some of them are emotionally unstable. Like they probably have UNDIAGNOSED BIPOLAR DISORDER or other personality disorders. No matter what reasons they have, we should all pray for their souls. And also let’s not forget to pray for the loved ones they left behind. I can imagine how tough it is to be left by someone in such a tragic way.

ARE YOU PLANNING TO COMMIT SUICIDE? I have some guidelines. lol. =)

  • Don’t jump on the railway tracks. You can cause hassle to commuters. That’s what happened when someone killed himself in Vito Cruz LRT Station.
  • Don’t do it in the mall. Oh please! People are there to relax, chill, and be happy. Kids might be traumatized for life if they see someone killing himself/herself.
  • Don’t try to drink stuff as an attempt to poison yourself. Chances are you will still live after. Family members will see you and will immediately rush you to the hospital. It sucks having to live after a suicide attempt, right? Besides, you will have complications and your love ones will do their best to make you live. I remember what my grandaunt said while she was having dialysis. She said that she was seated beside a 16 year old girl. She was also having dialysis because of attempted suicide. She drank different medicines to overdose herself. Oh well, FAIL.
  • Use a gun to blow your brains, but it’s a bit messy to clean up. Make sure you blow your whole brain off because if you only blow a part of your brain, you love ones might try to let you live or something like that.
  • Leave a suicide note. Make sure that it is really suicide. Popular local journalist, Ted Failon was accused of murder of his wife because it’s unclear whether she really committed suicide. So yeah, don’t give other people a hard time. It should look like suicide, okay?
  • Before shooting yourself, dig a six feet hole where you can fit. Then just dive into that hole, so that it wouldn’t be a hassle for others to clean up the mess you left. Remember kids, you should always be responsible for your own mess!

That’s the list for now. Maybe I’ll add some in the future.

Uhm, before you commit suicide, maybe you should give TOMORROW a chance. TODAY, you may not see the sun, but TOMORROW the clouds may have cleared to reveal the brightness of the sun.