Thursday, February 28, 2008

태왕군 & The Legend

Fans are strange...they are willing to go the extra mile for someone they hardly know and often, don't even meet. ^^ So when the dvd for Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi (The Legend) became available in Singapore, we (ok, ok....I) called the distributor directly for more information. In all my correspondence with them, I think I was even more excited and anxious than them. And instead of them wanting to work with us, I was offering to do a bulk purchase with them. Super 'On' right? Wahaha!

And then instead of just doing a simple distribution to the members, we gave ourselves even more work by organising a gathering. Told you fans are strange right?

But the very nice people at Korea Tourism Organisation, whom I've gotten to know quite well, has always suggested that we hold one of our gathering at their new office. And well, this seems like a good time as the number of people attending should be manageable.

So on 23rd February, Joon's Family held a mini TWSSG dvd distribution/ gathering at KTO's 'newish' office.

As usual, I was 'walking' around (ok...I was kaypohing around), so I didn't take many photos. I will have to steal some photos from the other girls who took great photos. Sorry girls, I'm allowed to be the Queen right? ^^ Credit is on the photos posted.

Jos was the earliest...arriving at the office even before the KTO staf...^^ the rest of us arrived between 9.15am to 9.30am...and it was work from the word, 'Go'.

It's great to see this sign....


Whilst Lynn and her group was busy packing the dvds, poster etc into the plastic bags, Jos was busy with the laptop, making sure that it would work later. Jessica and Kelly were busy putting up the posters...and they were really nice.

Mini table calendar/ posters done by Jessica (I was warning her to keep a close eye on them...I'm sure many girls will be tempted to 'bring' Damdeok home ^^)


I especially like this picture:


Aren't they droolicious? Posters done by Kelly.




I ahve a soft spot for BYJ in military wear, on horseback. He's so dashing....


You know, even though this is just a simple gathering, there is still a lot of work involved...like setting the chairs, putting out the food etc.



Luckily, there were many willing hands and also after organising so many gatherings for the past 5 years, alot of thing run like clockwork liao. Like Jos said, after organising a fan meet for 1,000 people, nothing is impossible now. Wahahaha!

Some of the members turned up really, really early. ^^ In fact, a few of them said they've been around since 9.30am. Our members really eager...at the same time though, it' very gratifying to know that they are still keen to attend these gatherings after 5 years.

The JF distributors hard at work. ^^


Soon, the place was humming. It was good to see some of the members again and I think they were also having a good time catching up with each other.

Because we were only serving light refreshment this time, we decided to try out the Korean rice cakes.


The four beauties, with the rice cakes. Which is more appetising? Hehehe!


The rice cakes were ok though I wasn't too keen on the pumkin ones. But of course, nothing compared to the rice cakes that were served at Tea Loft...sigh...

Rice cakes from Tea Loft


I wished I had taken a photo of the eclairs that Ursula baked...they were delicious! (Ursula...hint! hint!) The 40 eclairs were gone in no time...luckily, I managed to grab one before they disappeared into the various stomachs.

After eating (very important for Singaporeans. hehe!), it was time for some video watching. But first, we presented a set of the dvd to Adeline, the Marketing Manager of KTO as a token of our appreciation. Of course, we are also hoping that they will play it at their office often and promote the drama. Yeah...got ulterior motive one. Wahahaha!

As the Singapore version of The Legend didn't have the special episode that was aired before the actual drama, we decided to show this to the members. It would be a great way for them to understand the drama better. And even though I have seen it before, I still find myself glued to the TV screen. Well, KTO's tv is bigger than my computer....The only slight drawback was the sound. As neither KTO nor us have external speakers to attach to the laptop, those sitting at the back found it rather hard to listen the clip. We tried closing the glass doors to shut out the noise but then it made the enclosed room rather stuffy....but I think nobody really complained too much. Too busy watching him on the screen. ^^


After the special episode, Jos showed a clip that she had especially made on the trip that we made last year to the various TWSSG filmsites...it sure brought back memories. She has uploaded it, you cna watch it here Aiyah! I want to go Korea again!

The 3 hours passed very quickly and by the time the whole programme ended, it was 1pm already. The Singapore Tae Wang army took a photo just outside Korea Plaza...sorry...my camera not very good, so some of the girls standing by the side are cut off. Kelly, you got better photos?


Just a little bit about KTO's office before I end. I had blogged about it here previously. That was last year, in October 2007 I think. Here are some more photos I took last Saturday. They've also changed some of the display as it's already Spring and no longer Winter..





Some of those items inside display cases looked really nice and apparently you can buy some of them. But I think they not very cheap lor. And oh, there are quite of brochures and phamlets that you can take home for reference.

And lastly, Kelly took some very pics of the dvd set, which I'm going to post here coz my photo skills definitely not as good as hers. I like the packaging. ^^





And the free poster that came with it. The distributor very smart...they only put BYJ's picture in the poster.

It was good to catch up with everyone again and I think all were excited at being able to watch the drama so soon after it ended in Korea. This is indeed rare. I know I'm enjoying it. ^^

Singapore 태왕군, 아자!


Jos has blogged about this...read it here and of course bb has also blogged about it as well. You can read it here. Think she took mroe photos than me. ^^

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tae Wang's army journey- Day 3: Part 2

After the visit to the Jeju filmsite (or Southernland Park), we went to another filming site. Unfortunately, due to the typhoon earlier, which striked Jeju rather rather hard, some parts of the set were badly damaged. I wonder if they have been repaired?

This was one of the most exciting scene...the Kyukku match. It was the first time we saw BYJ aka Dam Deok on horseback, galloping at full speed and the match was truely exciting. ^^





Watch the Kyukku match here

You know all these exciting scenes on horseback...it's really not easy to do them and do them well. Think everyone suffered. BYJ himself fell off the horse in this scene. You can watch it here.

I wonder how many extras they used for this scene because the place is really quite big. Actually, hehe! the seats don't look very stable or comfortable to me.

The King (Dam Deok's father) was sitting above in the covered red section, with Ho Gar Ryeo and Ki Ha nearby....


Look so grand hor...I wish I was an extra in this scene...sigh...

Remember the scene when Suzini confronted Ho Gae's team about the metal in the stick? That was filmed just behind the big stadium...and look what we found there lying on the field, abandoned...


Don't know what this strange looking thing is? Hehe! It was used by the young Dam Deok when he praticed his martial arts secretly at night...with Ki Ha watching secretly nearby.

When Ki Ha saw Dam Deok and Suzini chatting away on this bridge, she commented that she had never seen him smile like that. I guess it's a sign of how things would be.


Of course, there is nothing really that special about this little bridge...but it has a rather sweet and rustic feel to it and the scenery was beautiful...it had lots of those lu wei surrounding it. Good for whispering sweet nothings on Valentine's day. Wahahaha!


After this, we made our way to the famous Teddy Bear musem. Now, I'm not a huge fan of teddy bears...but if you are ever in Jeju, you should visit it at least once. There are lots and lots of teddy bears in there..depicting different types of scenes. I went there the previous year, and so therefore decided to skip it this time. Here are some photos I took back then... ^^

Quite cute right?


But really, most of us went to the Teddy Bear museum because of one reason only...the Goong bears and....Alfred. ^^

         

Bring back memories?

Of course, some of the girls went to the museum because of Goong S (hehe! you know who you are...), because that drama also got bears....which didn't interest me, I'm afraid. And here's a pic of the museum shop, when you can buy your own Alfred bear. I remember it was all the rage that year. But no, I didn't buy one. Told you I'm not a huge fan of teddy bears.


So whilst the rest went exploring the Teddy Bear musuem, a small group of us went to eat. It actually took a while because we had gone towards what we thought was a large mall, with nice little cafes. But when we climbed up the steps, we found the mall was shut. I wonder if it's due to lack of business. Frankly, I think Jeju is probably only crowded during holidays and weekends. So we did an about-turn and went back nearer to the museum, where I remembered there was a cluster of restaurants. I had lunch with bb and friends there the last time and found the food quite ok. Oh...there is a shop there amongst the restaurants...selling touristy things like Korean foodstuff and Korean stars memorabilia. But hor...they aren't cheap. Maybe because the shop thinks it has got a captive audience as there are no other shops around. But I think, if you really want to get such things, they are cheaper in Myeongdong.

We had quite a nice lunch before rushing back to the bus. Actually, we seemed to be rushing back the bus most of the time. Hehe!

On the bus, Mgr An told us that the next day would be the last day of filming and BYJ would be there. He wanted to know if we would like to go to Hwaseong, which was where they were filming. But of course, it would mean forking out money for an air tix back to Seoul, as well as foregoing the whole day programme- a visit to Wando Island and Bosung tea plantation. It was too big a change, we had to check with the rest of the girls on tour.

So an emergency meeting was held when we reached Daeyoo land. We had to be sure that everyone knew of the big changes involved, as well as the possiblity that we will probably only catch a glimpse of The Man himself, and it could mean waiting the whole day...just like the first day.

But we should have known better...it was an uanimous decision within 10 minutes...we will all change our plans and go back to the mainland, for that one-in-a-million chance of seeing him. ^^

Decision made...we continued with our journey at Daeyoo land. What is this place? Well...that's where they get all the horses for the drama and not just for 'TWSSG', but also for many others like 'Jumong'.


A framed poster of TWSSG.


Lots and lots of horses...


But which one was his?


Jessica managed to take photo of this cute doggie at Daeyoo land. Hehe! Reminds me of the dog in 'Thank You'.


Jeju island is also known for its tangerines and you simply cannot go Jeju without visiting a tangerine farm and experience the pleasure of plucking your own tangerines. Though I think most of us didn't finish eating 'our' tangerines. But it sure was fun. hehe!

         
Under the tangerine tree...errr...bushes...

Unless you're ready to lug your tangerines around with you on your holiday (and they are heavy), it's probably better to share..which was what the 4 of us did. They go by weight hor...though I've forgotten how much it cost. Oh, yes, you pay to pluck your own tangerines, just like what I did for plucking apples during my first trip. But it was fun lor. Think someone was saying that they charge tourists more than locals...not sure if it's true but it's still very cheap lah. The guide said that the tangerines were not as sweet this time but it still tasted pretty good to me. Very juicy. ^^


Anyone remember this show- My Girl? Hehe! Lee Dae Hee (now seen in the drama, 'Robbers') was picking all the tangerines in Lee Dong Wook's place and selling them. I love Lee Jun Ki in this drama. He's so cool with his longish hair and ear-rings.


This is 'free service' by the owners of the farm. It's absolutely delicious in the cold weather. Roasted sweet potatoes.


Satisfied with our bags of tangerines, we made our way back to Park BOF Jeju again. Some of the girls had 'taken' photos with BYJ the day before but it didn't turn out very well. No lah, of course not with the real, live person lah. You can digitally 'plant' yourself next to selected photos of him. Like the Chinese saying goes: "No fish, prawn also good." Some turned out quite well but a couple was a little weird lor...especially the one where BYJ was in his Dam Deok armour...and then you have a woman in make-up, modern clothes and handbag 'standing' next to him.

Anyway, whilst waiting, some went to do more shopping in the shop, whilst the rest of us went photo snapping. Took this outside Park BOF....nice hor...


By then, it was dinner time, and we were hungry, the cold weather didn't help. Mgr An brought us to this place- Joy World. Of course BYJ related lah.


Remember these photos whilst he was filming in Jeju?
         

These photos were taken from bb's blog and I believe she had blogged about it sometimeback. But honestly, I have no idea where the post is...so you will just have to be nice and ask her. Essentially, it's an All-Terrain-Vehicle (or ATV) activity. You ride on what looks like a small army truck or tractor (to me anyway) and drive around the fields etc. Definitely thrilling for guys. I'm sure he must have had fun. And of course the shop proudly displayed his photos, framed and unframed, all over the place. They even displayed the gear he wore in a locked glass cupboard. I don't blame them...there wouldn't be anything left of the suit if it was left in the open.



And the proudly displayed framed, autographed photo of BYJ, greeting one and all who entered the shop. There were quite a few smaller ones inside the shop, hung on the wall, from the ceiling and displayed on the shelf. Like I said, all over the shop.


Besides all these feast on the eyes...we also had a real feast- shabu-shabu...yummy..


There was much laughter and eating and drinking during the dinner. Both the dinners at Jeju Island weren't very expensive though I can't remember much how much they cost now. Think they were about 15,000won. And oh, you can also buy some chocolates from Joyworld. They have some unusual ones like orange chocolate, grape chocalate etc. The orange chocolate was quite good, and make nice gifts.

Think my only complain about the place was the fact that the toilet was outside. Think of the toilets inside the Singapore zoo, with the open concept. Of coure, this toilet was not so open lah...but hor...in winter...it's no joke lor coz you can still feel the wind 'kissing' your butt. So you can imagine I did it in double quick time.

As we were leaving Jeju the next morning, we all opted for an early night...so no karaoke that night. But there was one last site to visit. Remember I said that BYJ and the production crew used to stay at Hanhwa Resort? The resort used to be packed with fans whenever he was around and they would all lined up in the morning downstairs, waiting for him to leave the hotel to go to the filming site. This was where he would appear...the staff exit (the white door)...of course, his appearance was always preceded by the various managers (I believe Mr Shin was one of them...but no Mr Yang). I was standing amongst the small bushes/ flowers near the door the other time, in the rain. ^^

I remembered when I last stayed there the year before, some of the Japanese fans lined up at 3am in the morning....and this was a daily night scene. They also know how to 'chope' places lor..hehe!


He stayed in 2 rooms on the top floor, which at that time, was out of bounds to all outsiders.

         

If I remembered correctly, according to Mgr An. Rm 501 was his room and Rm 502 was his gym. Apparently, no one was allowed up (not even his managers and bodyguards) without his permission. This guy really likes his privacy. But we've heard that quite often, he would have friends and the PD over for a drink in his room. ^^

I was so tempted to sign on the wall, 'tiffany was here'. Wahaha!

Anyway, after this, we all go back to our rooms to pack, for the next day would be a long, and hopefully exciting day.

Apology for being so slow in my blogging nowadays but it's been quite happenning in my personal life and I've been struggling to find the time and energy to write. Doesn't help that I sleep really early nowadys so I'm afraid it's going to be slow plodding for awhile. ^^

Tae Wang's army journey- Day 1

Tae Wang's army journey- Day 2

Tae Wang's army journey- Day 3">