Not following on Twitter is NOT a bad sign

Sunshine Lee‘s question on one of my earlier postings pertaining to Teukie and Sora’s tweets suddenly reminded me of one of the things that I always wanted to write about and/or address, but just never got down to. Ahh! Procrastination! Thou wilt be mine downfall! Just seeing how long it took for this post to appear is, in itself, evidence of the same. But I digress.

The essential question was this:

“… why is [Teukie] not following sora in twitter anymore? :\”

My take on the issue is this:

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Hae helps with defining Teuk’s “ideal”

Remember this?

SuJu’s in-house fish has something to say about it.

@donghae861015: 특이형이랑 같이본 힐링캠프^^ 멀리계신 어머니가 생각이나네요*^^* 늦었으니 내일 일어나서 바로 전화드려야겠어요!!사랑합니다 어머니^^

Translation : Healing Camp that I watched together with Teukie-hyung^^ It made me think of my mother who’s far away now*^^* Since it’s late, I’ll wake up tomorrow and call her right away!! I love you mother^^

@special1004: @donghae861015 뭐가 이상형인지 알겠지?^^마음이…우리도 착한 맘~~글구 부모님한테 잘하자 ㅠㅠ 노력해도 잘안돼…ㅠㅠ 맘이 정말 이쁜게..중요해..사람 말투에 배어나옴..그치?…ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Translation: You know what I meant by ideal type right?^^The heart… We should have kind hearts~~ And be good to our parents ㅠㅠ Even if we try hard, it’s not enough… ㅠㅠ To have a beautiful heart.. is really important.. It comes out through a person’s manner of speech.. doesn’t it?… ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

@donghae861015: @special1004 Yeah !! That’s right !! 말할때 들어보면 알지*^^*

Translation : Yeah !! That’s right !! You would know just by listening to her speak*^^*

For those of you who still fail to feel any remorse over bashing and/or doubting Teukie over his use of the word “ideal” in his tweet. If you still do not get it after reading this exchange, I have nothing save for sympathy for you over the absence of anything substantial under your cranium in the space between your ears.

And yes, if you were having doubts over it, I did just call you an idiot.


Translations by: Allrisexiahtic

To those that think that WGM is scripted…

… this is what LeeTeuk has to say:

@special1004: @AllRiseSilver 은혁이 우결 미팅 완전 웃겼다 ㅋㅋ 우리 호흡은 역시 대박이야 ㅋㅋ 사람들이 우결 대본이라는데 니가 좀 말해죠 리얼이라고 ㅋㅋ*

Translation : Eunhyuk your We Got Married matchmaking session was totally hilarious ㅋㅋ As expected our chemistry is daebak ㅋㅋ Everyone says WGM is scripted, you tell them. That it’s real ㅋㅋ

That particular tweet though, was deleted by Teukie less than 15 minutes after it appeared. I think he re-read himself and realised that he might, in all probability, get bashed again for saying the things that he said because Lee Sena cried after HyukJae hurt her feelings. Worse still, he and HyukJae might get accused of ganging up, bullying a girl and making her cry! It is, after all, only days after netizens went after him for his tweets so he should be exercising a little caution still at this point in time.

I agree this time that this should be deleted. But thanks anyway Teukie for letting us know! ^^


* Translated by : AllRiseXiahtic

Mopey Teuk

Park JungSu, Park JungSu… Here I am dragging my sorry bum off to work every day in a daze with my eyes barely open because all I want to do is sleep. There you are having a day or two off to yourself and you are griping about it stressing you out because you have nothing to do save for gym and food, and that you need to find yourself a hobby to kill time. Well. I have the perfect solution for you. Can you please come do my work for me whilst I spend your off days sleeping for you? You work, I sleep! We both win!! Awesome idea, no? And as a bonus, you can get Sora to teach you English so that you can REALLY do my work while I focus on perfecting the art of snoozing! Damn! This is sounding better and better!

Seriously though, this sort of whining over free time from Teukie is nothing new. The last time it happened was towards the tail end of last year and he was sounding really pitiful so much so that I actually felt quite sorry for him. Me!! The one that wishes that work could be outlawed, banned or transform into some non-existent entity! Me!! I actually felt sorry that he was feeling depressed over having free time! I should get my head checked and bring him along with me…

Anyway!

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To the delusional folk…

So it now seems that some are upset with Teukie (again!) because of this deleted tweet of his:

@special1004 :상상은 발전하게 만들고 망상은 주변까지 피해를줌요즘은 망상자들이 많아 지고있어 인터넷이 좋기만한게 아니야~^^

Translation : Imagination brings innovation and delusion brings damage. There are a lot of delusional people, so the Internet isn’t all good ~ ^^

To those who thought that Teukie was referring to TeukSora fans in his tweet and therefore calling TeukSora fans delusional, you are correct because you completely do fall under the ‘delusional’ category. Why? ‘Because you are totally missing the point! What made you think that he is referring to TeukSora fans as being the delusional ones? Is it because TeukSora fans were the ones that went after him for what he said? Where in those two short sentences does it even indicate that he thinks that fans who support Sora and himself are delusional? Did it ever occur to you that he might simply be talking about those over-imaginative people who persistently channel their energies into reading too much into what he says or does as being delusional because they ‘see’ things that do not exist? Or maybe it is because you are one of those who are so preoccupied with finding more to what he says that you are once again blind to what he really means.

Unless you are born inbuilt with a hypersensitive defence mechanism, you have to agree with me that in our daily lives, we more often than not just take things at face value. Why? ‘Because 99% of the time, things really are just as they are without any complications or complexities. For example, if you want to take a ride on the 295 bus. Do you bother yourself with why the 295 bus is numbered 295, who manufactured the bus, what fuel the bus is running on, how long the driver has been driving the bus or even question if the driver knows the route that the 295 travels on before you board it? I am sure you don’t. Why? ‘Because it is the 295 bus and the bus route goes to where you want to go and you just trust it as it is.

So why is it that we cannot read a simple tweet of 140 characters and take it the same way, ie just as it is?

Life itself is complicated enough without us complicating it. So please. Let us continue living simple, uncomplicated lives and just love Teukie and Sora as they are without reading too much into things because it is not only tiring for us, it is very exhausting for them as well.


Translation by: Allrisexiahtic

“Lee MinJung” “Ideal type” my foot!

Hereinafter commences some very candid and pointed commentary, ie my personal take on this entire farce of an incident. If you wish to read, you may do so but it is to be done entirely at the risk of your own displeasure because I personally feel very strongly, at this point in time, that the situation calls for me to be neither civil or neutral. Hence, if you think that you will, in all likelihood, be upset, I suggest that you pass this by and just move on along with reading something else. Please do NOT come biting at me if you do read and get upset because you have been duly warned.

So much NOISE MBC!

Today Dimple fandom underwent yet another crisis when MBC released ‘news’ of the impending exit of all the existing couples on the show. All, including TeukSo because of Teukie’s impending enlistment and Sora’s casting in ‘Dream High 2’. This news upset me in several ways.

For one, it was already a foregone conclusion that TeukSo’s outing on WGM would not be a long-lived one precisely because of Teukie having to enlist this year. And from what I see, most are already speculating that to happen by April if not June 2012. Their exit, when it happens, will not be a surprise. What shocked everyone was how early their exit was announced. Honestly MBC, if you were going to add TeukSo into your line-up only to force them out in three months, what was the point of even having them there in the first place then?

To make it additionally upsetting, come 8 January 2012, this couple will reach their very first milestone in the form of their first 100 days together. To have this news come out now even before this milestone is reached, is, at its mildest, highly distressing especially to fans who have been looking forward to wishing their favourite couple well on this very special day.

It is even more frustrating because it is plain to see that this couple is really working hard and putting effort into building their relationship despite their awareness of how much time is working against them. Teukie, especially, has been pulling out all the stops since Day 1 and Sora has not only been actively working to match his pace but doing all that she can to reciprocate and respond to his efforts as well. They are both working very hard to make the best out of the short time that they have. What exactly is MBC trying to do by pulling a stunt like this?

I cannot help but think that this whole mess is a result of MBC taking advantage of the situation and milking the SuJu cow for all that it is worth. WGM would be filming a group date for ‘Fighting Junior’ since Sora has promised them one, so MBC probably decided to take advantage of the situation, tag onto SuJu’s popularity and create a spin-off built on the SuJu members that are by now familiar faces on WGM. SungMin is arguably the most ‘involved’ brother-in-law in TeukSo’s relationship and DongHae’s ‘Man Number 3’ has progressed from running gag to a sub-identity for him, all because of WGM. So I’m not surprised that they got arrowed at all. But as much as I love and adore SuJu, to make two of their members permanent casts at the same time, is, imo, a bit too much.

That said, I’m a little surprised that they are looking to retire the entire existing cast. Eight months, as of now, isn’t really all that long and even though I have not caught up on Brave/Campus Couples of late, I would have thought that they still have some mileage in them that would serve as decent fodder for tv. Maybe MBC just wants to clear out the cast and start Season 4 already…

Be as it may, I honestly think that this is, primarily, just a whole lot of noise marketing from MBC. It might be to promote WGM itself, or to generate media interest in the upcoming spin-off or to just irritate ELFs in general, I don’t know. All I can say is that even though it might be true that MBC is retiring the existing couples, given the impressive speed at which Teukie moved to stamp news of his own departure out, I think that I can safely say that for him at least, leaving the show at this point in time is something which he has yet to consider. We have already seen him having to make an exit from a programme that he was not ready to leave. Am just hoping that the same does not happen for WGM since I dare say that he -is- having fun being on it. I say leave the man be and let him go at his time and space. He’s already short of it. Let him have fun while he can.

Teuk’s Deleted Tweets to Sora

Teukie has been doing some self-censoring (again!) over the last two days or so and the casualties of this ‘clean-up’ seems to be his honey-dipped, sugar-coated tweets to Sora. I am hazarding a guess that this is a result of all those “I hate Sora!” tweets to him. That and she is already following him on Twitter now, just like he wanted, so they can possibly chat all they want between themselves without being bothered by antis. Ahh, the beauty of the function known as ‘DM’. Let us just hope that Teukie is more adept at DM than he is at posting clickable Twitpic links on tweets. But that is another story for another day.

More importantly, thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and moderately tech-savvy busybody fans like myself), there still remains, documentation of his tiredness-induced aegyo explosions at Kang Sora.

It all started out with this particular tweet which seemingly came very much out of the blue:

Translation: [I am] Your fan~^^ Sora ssi kk kk

Maybe not quite so out of the blue if we take into account that Sora had said herself at the Blue Dragon Film Awards on 25 November 2011 that her dress for the occasion was selected with him in mind. So was he was returning the favour by pledging fan allegiance with her? (Not that he has not done it previously by slipping mentions here and there on ‘Sukira’). But who knows really.

What we do know though, is this: If you think back to the night of 20 November 2011 when he had so dramatically presented her with a ring during his solo set in the middle of the Super Junior concert, thus causing both pro and anti fans to go berserk in their respective polar-opposite ways. That delicate band of metal which he slipped on her finger gave the antis all the motivation that they needed to go all out against Sora and from what I have seen and heard, they REALLY went at her.

What really impressed me with this was that Teukie opted to start reaching out to Sora publicly via Twitter during a time when she was suffering from this huge backlash from fans. In my opinion, he was taking an obvious stance in the situation by tweeting a cute tweet to her whilst she was being hated on by his fans. The message sent was short, simple but very clear: he has got her back and is on her side. That these people are hating on her and he still pops up online in the midst of his packed schedule to show public support for her is probably worth all the couple rings in the world. But I guess it did not quite work out for him since the tweet garnered no response from Sora. Or did it?

Teukie’s next tweet that came about 7 hours later was this:

Translation :  This is Taiwan!! The concert is going from Korea, then Singapore, then Thailand, then Malaysia, then coming back to Korea.. Such a long journey~^^ [picture link omitted] **

And this gets a response!

 

Granted it came almost 12 hours later but it was a response nonetheless. (You can see the flow through the second screencap by reading bottom up).

Translation : That would be tough on you… ㅜㅜ Hwaiting! Go go!~^^ **

What got me happy about this was that (1) Teukie’s effort in communication was not in vain and (2) Sora was obviously looking his Twitter page up at the time since she responded to a general tweet of his and not the one that was specifically for her.

Our man was obviously encouraged since he followed up with this:

Translation : I’m going back to Korea. You said you’ll be going to Singapore, right??^^ I think I would arrive there at the same day..ㅠㅠ I’ll be glad to greet you (there)!! Anyway, when will we follow each other..? I’m gonna be mad if you left me alone ㅋㅋㅋ **

First request for her to follow him aside, the whole tone of his tweet was very light and conversational without any trace of awkwardness. But more than that, I was amused by his phrasing. There is an air of a certain boyishness to it that is kind of sweet and cute, and it really feels of aegyo. So adorkable our Teukie is!

And it did not end there. Guess who he ‘reports’ to first upon arrival in Singapore?

 

Translation : Sora ssi I have [just] arrived kk kk Ah Sleep[ing] ㅠㅠ…

Translation : You must be tired… See you later! Performance hwaiting~~!! ***

As a Dimple fan, there were so many awesome things about this exchange and again, Teukie’s phrasing and tone had this childlike tinge to it. It came through feeling that because he was tired, he wanted a bit of attention as well. Which makes me wonder sometimes, after reading back on his tweets to Sora, as to who the baby in their relationship is. This is in no way a complaint of any sort mind you. Teukie is normally the one that does the taking care of so it is perfectly fine if he wants attention and to be taken care of as well for a change. It is just amusing to me because this side of him is REALLY adorable! The ‘I want to pinch your cheeks’ kind of adorable! ^^ I just wish that it did not take him to be worn out to this extent before this sort of adorableness came out. T_T

In any case, the next tweet that Teukie sent to his Sora was a couple days later, and most of us by now should already know what that one says even without translation:

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Out of all the tweets captured on this page, 2 have been deleted: The tweet telling Sora that he had arrived in Singapore and was tired, and the last tweet asking Sora to follow him on Twitter.

There was another tweet of his from 25 November 2011 that was deleted, one that he wrote completely in English that read “U are the one!!!^^“. This I did not manage to screencap before Teukie removed it because I did not see it as being all that significant. There are Dimple fans who speculated that the statement referred to Sora and I guess that since the tweet was cleared together with the other ‘cuter’ tweets to her, it can be inferred that yes, he was in fact referring to her. Personally, I would take this stand with a large pinch of salt because the statement was very ambiguous and with such statements, only the maker will truly understand the meaning and direction of it. For the rest of us, everything is just pure conjecture and personally, I would rather focus on the more evident, substantial aspects of things.

If you have been following Teukie for a while, you will notice that he does not really tweet people directly. Tweeting individuals is a rare occurrence in Teukie’s Twitter world so the mere fact that he tweeted Sora direct, and more than once even before they followed each other on Twitter, can be said to be quite significant a gesture in itself. That he took the initiative to follow her and even asked her twice to follow him is something worth chewing on. In fact, I do not think that it would be far-fetched to conclude that this whole Twitter episode can be safely labelled as evidence that yes, Teukie does like Sora (be it romantic or otherwise) and there can be no doubt about it.


 ** Translations by: @sujunesia
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*** Translation adapted from: stars4u @ soompi

The Husband Sings and The Wife Follows

And I think in the case of TeukSora, this Chinese idiom is something that rings quite true. Not that Sora literally starts singing when Teukie does even though I am sure she does sometimes. It just is that most everything that he suggests that they do, she follows along with it. And their latest display of ‘夫唱妇随’ today has got the Dimple Couple fandom going absolutely crazy.

It all started out with this from our very pro-active Teukie:

Translation : Please follow me ㅋㅋㅋ Yes you can!!!^^” **

I wanted to use the word ‘innocuous’ to describe the tweet but truly, it was anything but innocuous, especially when it transcends that the tweet was actually a follow-up from this:

Yes, Teukie has made the first move in following Sora on Twitter.

I went to Twitter and the howls of despair and dismay were coming through loud and clear. Some tweets were even directed straight at Teukie asking him why he was doing this, that they hate him, hate Sora, hate WGM. Honestly, if Teukie gave a hoot about what people thought over who he associates with, would he have even asked her to follow him in the first place?

Some were even questioning why Teukie was following Sora on Twitter when his following list is still a few short of all the tech-savvy members in his group. Others thought it as being almost blasphemous that he un-followed his soon-to-be ex-radio show on Twitter and followed Sora instead. All I can say is that if you are watching that closely as to whom he follows on Twitter, you would probably have noticed that he does not follow his own blood sister either, so where is the basis of that complaint?

In any case, what followed next was the outcome that Dimple fans (and Teukie himself) wanted:

She followed him back!

One of the things that I really love about Kang Sora is that she is very willing to coordinate herself with Teukie.

“… in situations like this, we should be feeding each other.”

Next thing she does? Feed him (albeit a bit later after the ‘suggestion’ was made because of the awkwardness).

“… we should have ordered only one soda coz we can share.”

Next thing she does? Pick her straw out from her cup of soda and drop it into his so that they can share.

And now? He asks her to follow him and barely an hour later (27 minutes to be exact as per my Twitter timeline) she does exactly as he had asked resulting in this:

To be honest, I was quite worried and wondering if she would really dare follow him back because undeniably, there is a lot of fan hate. If you do a simple search on Twitter, you can see what I mean. Every time Teukie mentions Sora anywhere, there is a burst of ‘I hate Sora’ comments and a number of them are directed straight at Teukie as well. So it is not the case that he is safe from the barrage because he gets it as well. But I have to give props to the man for his courage. He wants to get to know this girl better (be it for romantic or purely platonic reasons) and he is really going all out to do that whether fans like it or not.

And I am truly heartened because to me, her very simple action of following him back on Twitter seems indicative enough that she knows that even with all the backlash, he has got her back. Those of us that have been following SuJu will know that when Leader has got your back, he REALLY has it because Super Junior’s Lee Teuk is AWESOME that way! ^^

Park JungSu’s back is big, wide and VERY RELIABLE so lean all you want Sora-sshi coz he’s letting you lean on it! Lucky girl! ^^


** Translation: @mimilovemicky
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