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sjm – smtown global auditions August 31, 2008

Filed under: Asian Entertainment,super junior — chenzi @ 9:37 pm
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quick translation, credit chenzi @ hongdou.wordpress.com

hangeng

hi everyone, i am sj’s chinese member.  i am hangeng.  I have good news for everyone.  that is the 2008 SM global auditions.  Taking place in america and canada.  these auditions are to give all chinese, korean, or japanese with singing, acting, [something] abilities oppurtunities. the auditions are from sept 19 to oct 25.  registrations, etc can be found at www.smtown.com to learn more.  please, everyone participate.  also, please support me, sj and sm.  sm welcomes you [?]

henry’s

zhoumi

hello everyone, i am sjm’s member zhoumi.  sm’s biggest auditions are beginning this fall.  we’ll be visiting america, canada, and 8 other countries to choose.  the catagories are:  singers, actors, models, dancers, and lyricist’s/composers.  if you fall into any of these catagories, please participate in the auditions.  we begin on sept 19 and end on oct 25.  please search triple w dot smtown.com for more information.  now, no matter if you’re chinese, korean, or japanese, you can participate in our auditions.  lastly, i hope you all will participate, and support us- sjm -.  this is zhoumi, thank you.

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SJM Interview Stirs Up Semi-Scandal Part 2 May 14, 2008

Filed under: Asian Entertainment,super junior — misschiu @ 7:14 am
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I was reading this post on Soompi, and I just have to say…I expected it, unfortunately. The post provides this link to a blog entry regarding the mishap. According to that blog, since Zhou Mi ran his mouth, Leehom has been getting criticism from netizens. In response, Leehom fans searched for the video of that event from several years (provided in the blog entry) and revealed the truth. Leehom had an upcoming concert and wasn’t supposed to sing at events prior to it; thus, he invited Zhou Mi on stage to sing. Now Leehom fans hope that Zhou Mi will give an apology.

 

I hate fandom for this, especially because they believed a newbie and lost faith in one of the most well-established singers in Asia. Now all these netizens think Leehom’s some kind of cheater when we know he’s definitely not. You’d think that after having tons of Leehom’s high school/college songs online and a 14-year long career, everybody would know what his voice sounds like and that nobody’s behind the scenes providing his voice. 

 

And you know, Leehom fans didn’t even want to make a big deal out of this because it really is just a newbie mistake – everybody makes mistakes, especially newbies. I’m tired of hearing about Super Junior’s insane fans doing something stupid. They haven’t done many smart things in comparison to their stupidity. And yes, I AM comparing their fans.

 

So let’s just leave the thing alone. We know the truth now. Just know that we can’t believe EVERYTHING someone says and maybe also a little thing or two about interviews.  

 

PS: Don’t use this entry as “news.” If you must, refer to the links I provided in the beginning.

 

Have a nice, stupidity-free day.

 

SJM Interview Stirs Up Semi-Scandal May 6, 2008

If you take a look at this video and the comments below it, you’ll know what I’m talking about:

 

 

A basic summary is: Zhou Mi mentioned in the interview that when Leehom was having contract problems, he had to shorten his performance and so Zhou Mi sang for him. However, his wording made is sound as though he was singing backstage while Leehom lip-synched on stage to Zhou Mi’s voice. Of course, Zhou Mi fans were slightly shocked that Leehom would “take credit” for a voice that wasn’t his. Next to that, they were excited because their ZM is comparable to Leehom. In response, long-term Leehom fans got enraged because now Leehom looks like a cheater despite his fourteen years of hard work in the music industry.

 

To clarify things, it was a misunderstanding, period.

 

First of all, Zhou Mi sounds nothing like Leehom. He’s a good singer but he doesn’t sound like Leehom. 

 

Second of all, what really happened was that Leehom had contract problems and had to cut his performance short so he invited Zhou Mi to sing. Nowhere did Zhou Mi mention lip-synching. In fact, some fan accounts say that both of them were standing on stage together. Others say Zhou Mi was on stage while Leehom was backstage. If what the scandal-starters assumed was true, it wouldn’t make sense. Leehom would still have the contract problem, and if it were his face lip-synching on stage, that would probably still violate his contract.

 

And most importantly, Leehom fans like me know that he would never do that. It’s not like I know him personally but all the news articles about him and his activities show me that he has a lot of professional integrity. My favorite story was when he rejected a spot in Madame Tussaud’s wax museum because he felt he wasn’t accomplished enough. He’s diligent and he doesn’t stand on people to get ahead in life, even if it’s just for a moment. Besides, the only times I’ve ever heard of him lip-synching was when he had to do dancing on stage. He rarely dances, he’s no SE7EN, so of course it’ll be hard for him to sing and dance simultaneously. But it’s always his voice, no one else’s. Other than those circumstances, he doesn’t lip-synch.

 

I suppose that this is either due to someone’s carelessness in translating Zhou Mi’s words, or Zhou Mi didn’t word his answer correctly. This little mix up put Leehom fans and Zhou Mi fans against each other for a few hours, but I’m sure Leehom can forgive and forget, so let’s do that.

 

Video Credit: symbelmyn @ YouTube

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Album Review: Super Junior M 迷 April 26, 2008

Filed under: Reviews,super junior — misschiu @ 8:42 pm
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Yes, 迷/Me is out. Apparently, in China, their release dates vary depending on the province. Only Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea have official release dates. So I really didn’t know when to expect it. But yes, I managed to get a hold of it and I listened to it.  It consists of six Super Junior remakes, one Sandy Lam remake, and five brand new songs. The album goes by Super Junior’s original style – except it’s in Chinese.

 

The title song, 迷/Me, is a charming, upbeat start to the album. It leaves the listener eager to hear what’s next. The U remake, as I’ve said in a past post, is a big improvement on the song. The song is more mature than its original and makes us feel as though Super Junior is only maturing and improving. 至少還有你/At Least There’s Still You is a lovely remake of Sandy Lam’s song, reinterpreted to fit the image of these seven handsome young men.

 

However, there are a few down sides. 愛你愛你/Love Song didn’t stand out. It sounded too much like Miracle and Happiness. I didn’t even notice that the song changed from Miracle to Love Song我抱着我/In My Arms has a different, unusual style. I’m not too sure what to think of it, but it may be a good guinea pig for something new. As for the Super Junior remakes, some were slightly awkward to hear in Chinese. Vocals from Han Geng and Henry aren’t very strong. Han Geng should probably stick with dancing, and Henry may have a blooming voice and needs more time to grow and gain experience. Zhou Mi, although he sings well, doesn’t stand out at all. Forgetting that Zhou Mi is there seems to be a growing pattern in not only the album but in public appearances as well. That’s something they should work on. Next to that, the mixture of various Chinese accents – Han Geng’s Northern accent, Henry’s Taiwanese-Canadian accent, and the many Korean accents – is unusual but not really a major setback.

 

Overall, the album is alright. It is definitely a huge step up for Super Junior. I hope to see them improve and release more in the future.

 

Track listing:

1. 迷/Mi/Me

2. U

3. 至少還有你/Zhi Xiao Hai You Ni/At Least There’s Still You

4. 你是我的奇蹟/Ni Shi Wo De Qi Ji/Miracle

5. 愛你愛你/Ai Ni Ai Ni/Love Song

6. 我抱著我/Wo Bao Zhe Wo/In My Arms

7. Don’t Don

8. Marry U

9. 我的二分之一/Wo De Er Fen Zhi Yi/Full of Happiness

10. 渴望/Ke Wang/Man in Love

11. 這一秒/Zhe Yi Miao/The Moment

12. The One

 

Personal highlights:

1. Ryeowooks singing. I do believe that Kyuhyun has the strongest vocals, as do most people. But I really love Ryeowook’s voice because it’s very stimulating and spirited. Even though he’s singing in a foreign language, he enunciates the words as though he understands them.

2. Donghae’s Chinese rapping. It’s a wonderful effort indeed. I really want to applaud him for taking that risk and succeeding.

3. Henry’s English rap in 這一秒. Despite being Canadian, we’ve never heard him speak English before. It was about time.

4. Henry’s Chinese rap in 我的二分之一. It gave the song a sweet boyish feel. In my mind, I’ve always referred to Happiness as “the queer song.” But with Henry’s youthful voice, it’s feels more boyish than gay. So I suppose that’s an improvement.

 

Miss Chiu’s Rating: 3

 

Since this is my first review, I’ll explain my scale:

5 – Amazing

4 – Pretty good

3 – Moderate

2 – Okay

1- Not too great

0 – Fail

I’m pretty tough with music, especially if it is mainstream pop, so don’t go into a tantrum if you don’t like my ratings.

 

Picture Credit: superjunior-m.iple.com

 

Han Geng is withering away; Losing 4.5kg April 20, 2008

Filed under: super junior — misschiu @ 9:35 am
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Recently, Han Geng lost 4.5kg and he’s getting skinner by the minute. While everyone sees that picture on the right as hot, I see a man who’s falling out of his clothes. I’ve heard that he’s been working himself to the bone and when SJM started, they’ve been relying on fast food (i.e. McDonald’s and pizza). Don’t they have a nutritionist? If not, I’m sure SM can pull a little money out of his pocket to give his money makers some good food.

But meanwhile, Geng says:

 

大家最近好吗?回来以后虽然很累,但是非常开心呵呵~~~趁休息的时间我和妈妈还有孙乐一起办了体检卡,进行了比较全面的体检.我们都很健康.希望我大家不要担心我的身体.我会好好爱惜自己的身体,为了自己为了你们嫩。希望你们也能健康开心~~~~!我会经常来的.回见呵呵~~~!

                                                                 我爱你们~~~~!

He tells us not to worry about him because he went for a physical with his mother and friend, and they’re healthy. Let’s just hope it stays that way despite all the burgers and pizza.

Sources: Han Geng’s Cyworld
Photo credit: on photos

 

14 Types of People That I Hate April 13, 2008

Filed under: Blog,Life Lessons — misschiu @ 1:09 pm
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1. Fakers. This is probably a really general term. One meaning for it may be someone who just wants to get ahead. Ayn Rand might call them second-handers because they don’t follow their own points of views thinking that they’ll get what they want in society. Another may be the one I had to deal with. Here’s my story: There’s this guy that’s really nice to me around select people or by ourselves. But when he’s with a larger crowd, he ignores me. I wound up having to sit alone at a school concert because he didn’t acknowledge me as his friend in front of his possey. I didn’t care. I’m a loner. I’m honestly not afraid of sitting alone. But the fact that I looked completely pathetic in front of his friends really pissed me off. If you don’t like me, don’t be nice to me because I don’t like you either.

2. Wannabes. Be who you truly are, because most likely, you really suck at being who you’re trying to be.

3. Users. I do a lot of favors for people, but people always have a problem with helping me out. I’m really too nice that people take advantage of me. It’s really annoying. There are reasons when they can’t, and I understand that. For example, I always drive a friend to parties but he never does that for me. Why? His parents are assholes, and they hate all his friends. Things like, “Hey I’ll drive you home if you want. I’ll call you later to tell you where my car is,” but never getting that call really pisses me off. Yeah, that happened to me the other night. I always give that guy my icecream, and I let him rub his stinky feet all over my carpet when he doesn’t feel like going home, but he can’t do ONE favor for me.

4. Stupid people that talk too much. If you have nothing intelligent to say, then just shut up. The end.

5. Know-it-alls. I contributed something at the Super Junior M Soompi thread. In return, I only to got one thank you and one accusation, which really had nothing to do with what I wrote. Intentions might have been good but I was annoyed (and my week has already been really bad). I didn’t hesitate to attack that person. So, you don’t want to mess with Miss Chiu. She’s nice, but if you piss her off, prepare to get your @$$ kicked. I may put myself off as a know-it-all. I actually do my research, read things word for word, and try to be as accurate with what I say as possible, but I have no problem with people arguing against me so long as it’s not stupid. Please feel free to do so. But if you’re a #4, I’ll have to educate you a bit.

6. Perverts. People who can’t spend a moment without thinking or talking about sex. People who associate every object known to man to genitals, breasts, or sex. They need to get a life or a prostitute. Take your filth elsewhere.

7. Obnoxious jerks. That’s another general term. When I say that, I mean, people who cannot say anything without it sounded remotely obnoxious. Next to that, they can’t say anything nice nor can they shut up. If there’s a fat person, they’ll make some snide remark at an attempt to make everybody laugh. It’s not funny.

8. Quiet people. Well, I don’t exactly hate them. I’m quiet and shy. But if I have something to say, I will say it. Some people just don’t say anything or they don’t talk loud enough. I do have a couple friends like that. I love them dearly, but I wish they would speak up.

9. Egocentrics. They think the world revolves around them and/or they think everybody around them aren’t as good as they are. I hope reality gives them all a hard slap in the face someday.

10. Girls who wear night-makeup during the day. Smokey eyes and/or thickly colored eyeshadow, in my opinion, are for night time, formals, or photoshoots. There’s this girl in my school, a lowerclassmen, who puts on a thick, black smokey eye look everyday. She’s a pretty girl and it’s a pretty look. At first, I thought “pretty cool.” As the days passed, she looked more and more like a hooker, and then I realized that style doesn’t work for that time of day. A little makeup tip: During the day, you want to look fresh and awake. So do things to open your eyes and lighten your face. Nighttime is when you want to go for a darker, heavier look.

11. Overanalyzers. I get this a lot from fangirls. The wrinkle of the brow makes them think their favorite celebrity is upset about some kind of happening with their coworkers, fans, or whatever. Maybe his face is just itchy. You don’t have to worry so much. If he is upset, it’s of nobody’s concern but his. This goes for everyday life too. The biggest mistake someone can do in a romantic relationship is overanalyze. Life is never THAT complicated. Thinking too hard makes life suck.

12. Hardcore fangirls/boys. Mostly because they hate each other and they fit in category #11. They bicker about stupid crap having to do with their favorite celebrity. And they try to know everything and they look at every single detail of news articles, photos, and blog entries. Then they condemn people who don’t seem to know a lot when they think they know it all. Maybe you should go open a book or a newspaper and nourish your mind rather than worry about such trivial things.

13. People who can’t get a clue. It’s like Ackley from Catcher in the Rye. Someone who you don’t want to openly push away but he can’t take the hints you throw at him. I’m sure everybody’s faced people like this before, and maybe even possibly have been that person. If you are that person, take the hint. It’ll save you a lot of trouble.

14. Failures at reading comprehension. I’ll connect this to my argument on the Super Junior M Soompi Thread. The person didn’t understand what I wrote, and gave irrelevent replies. That’s annoying. I get into arguments online sometimes because people have a hard time understanding me despite my bluntness. Go back to English class and learn a thing or two on reading comprehension.

The bickering between me and the person mentioned in #5 and #14 has been settled. That person changed the reply to clarify that the reply wasn’t directed towards what I wrote but rather a thought that came up when reading my post. So thanks.

 

Super Junior M: Cantonese

Filed under: super junior — misschiu @ 12:10 am
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I’m a frequent stalker on the Super Junior M thread on Soompi. I have left a few posts which normally go unnoticed. But I read a couple days ago that the new Super Junior sub-group, SJM, may aim for a Cantonese track in a future album. I’m not sure whether that information is legitimate, though. I searched all over that thread for that post. But with all the arguing between pro-SJMs and anti-SJMs and the random useless posts about how cute Henry’s cheeks are, I couldn’t find it. When I do, I will credit it. If you guys know where the article is, please link me.

 

 

Anyways, I found it to be pretty awesome but sort of weird. Cantonese is fairly hard to learn without any experience in your developing years. I’m sure Henry won’t have much trouble with pronunciation after hearing him say “Ngo oi lei (I love you)” on a fancam (above). Haha I would like to add that I love his expression. He has that lost in sauce expression. Anyways, I’m a little worried about Han Geng and the other’s ’cause of past attempts (although they were cute) listed below:

 

Han Geng –
http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=vd_6cCwFyic …towards the end.
“Lei hou…dai ga hou…ngo dei hai Super Junior! (Hello…hello everybody…we are SJ!)” 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmGOO3QAiBU
“Lei sik jo fan mei ah? (Have you eaten yet? Counterpart to popular line: Ni chi fan le ma?)”
Siwon –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rADv2zBPrzg
“Dai ga hou, ngo hai Chui See Yun. (Hello everybody, I’m Choi Siwon.)”

 

They could try it, there’s no problem with that. I just think it’s awkward. Plus, they called themselves Super Junior M(andarin). They should just call themselves Super Junior Chinese (as opposed to China).

 

Oh, and I would like to briefly educate a couple people on Cantonese because some people on the Soompi Super Junior M thread seemed a tad uneducated on the Chinese language:

1. Cantonese is older than Mandarin. It’s about 4 and a half thousand years older.
2. Cantonese is not slang. All dialects and regions have their own form of slang or colloquial/informal speech. Therefore, Cantonese itself is not slang. Again, it’s older than Mandarin.
3. Mandarin is not a language. Chinese is a language. Mandarin is a dialect. It’s the official dialect, but it’s still a dialect nonetheless.

I would also like to add that people shouldn’t be saying that Mandarin is superior. That’s offensive to me and other Cantonese speakers/enthusiasts. I’m not saying that people on Soompi said that (’cause you pro-SJM gals are pretty awesome), but I hear it all the time. I say, if Mandarin is more superior than Cantonese, why can Cantonese flourish without being made official (at least in a super huge area)? That’s right. But really, there’s no reason to say that one’s more superior than the other. All dialects are cool, otherwise I wouldn’t want to learn them.

 

By the way, I learned how to say “I can’t understand” in Taiwanese…tia bo la! I hope that’s right. Haha.

 

Video Credit: fallenframes @ YouTube