How do I love thee? — As the famous classical writer Elizabeth Barrett Browning would say. But how do I love thee… thee bias? I would often say that mine is unusual for a common fangirl who just swoon over physical looks. Yes, we are no different from the opposite gender since both need something that will grab their attention, if for boys, boobs and booties grab their attention, ours is… well, you know… women, long list.
As of posting time, I am currently a 26-year old web artist for a major online news in the country. From time to time, I shoot or write about Hallyuwave local events. I am not much of a writer since I’ve dedicated my entire life in practicing visual arts. AND I’ve been “worshiping” this eastern god for about four and a half years now. Having said that, I think I have upgraded from the short girly list of fully swooning over a pretty face to having a womanly long demanding list of expectations. But I have to reiterate, I am a very shallow person.
If a guy is reading this post, whether believe it or not, we can see right through you. Only a shallow woman would go purely for looks. There should be some innate qualities you have that will sweep us off our feet. Unfortunately for a “Forever Alone” woman like me, I don’t have much choice here. I am limited to fantasize on celebrities, might as well make the most out of it.
So what would four and a half years of swooning over Changmin be like? In the first years, you will be allured by their demigod looks and status, but later on, you want something more, something that is closer to what you might want to pattern your future partner with. Abs? No. They spend too much time in the gym more than you. Okay, maybe?
But maybe you are not as philosophical (or serious) like that, maybe you just want something to talk about with other fangirls who have the same bias as you and compare notes.
I have made a top 32 list of what I like about my KPop bias
(and then others would say, wow, she’s really going crazy with this).
1. He looks like a Japanese-Filipino guy
I am a Filipino so that should come in the territory. If you can’t view the video, here’s the GIF version.
Yes, I can confirm that he does look a little Southeast Asian. I was surprised myself when I first saw him perform in Bangkok. I was in the front row of the football stadium and I can see closely what he looks like. From there, I had an affirmation that he resembles the uber handsome Japanese-Filipino I randomly met when I was younger. But the guy is older than him. The dude was also tall and handsome that I have to slap myself back to reality in order to do basic functions like crossing the street.
“An ironic twist to what could be the best day of my life, only having my life end right that instant.”
2. His voice resembles a freakin’ tsunami siren
It may not be as manly as Kelly Jones’s (my favorite vocalist), but I have a certain fondness with singers who can belt high notes
ala Celine Dion.
To whatever government, give him a seaside mansion and always have a complete sound system installed everywhere, so that when the tide comes, he could just scream “TSU~UUUUUNAAAAAAAMIIIIIIII”
in that pitch. Imagine, fans (and sasaengs) would flock in that place and increase the tourism revenue and at the same time, save millions of tax-payers money for a disaster warning system.
“Imagine the possibilities.”
The screen name “Choikang”
means Maximum in Korean, because he can hit high notes
(like a girl)
effortlessly. During his audition, he won the best vocal award.
Besides, there is a website that says some women might be swooning for guys who can belt it out like neither their testosterone or Adam’s apple don’t exist. It’s too bad that I lost the link to that website.
3. He is a certified nerd…
During TVXQ’s earlier days, Changmin ranked as one of the brainiest / intelligent KPop stars in Arirang International.
“Top. History. Student. My. Feels. Are. About. To. Explode.”
If so… he can answer the question of how bad it was to not check his reflection on cutlery
using this scale? Huh? Max-Man?
He may not have flashed his school records like Song Joong Ki or Kim Tae Hee… or even his best friend Kyuhyun, I’d give it to the guy. Besides, haven’t we seen what he did in GOV?
“Indeed! I can’t even memorize birthdays.”
“Can we, declare this a national holiday or something?”
Not to mention, he is an endorser / ambassador for one of Korea’s top Humanities and Science university.
“I wish he was my classmate when I was in art school, I would have drawn better.”
His inauguration photo looks adorkable too!
“Awww~ he looks like a dork, THAT I WANT TO PUNCH! How cute!” #cuteaggressive
His rumored IQ is 150 points. Seriously? I’m not even a hundred points (even if I am already an adult), and South Korea’s national average is 106 points. At most I’ll go with 130 or 140 points — the score our high school valedictorian has, who made it to top 6 in the national bar exams.
4. …And a certified geek…
Our maknae is an avid Changmin-hater. Well, you can’t really please everybody but given the history I had with boys, I seem to have a habit of cherry-picking nerds and geeks. Most of my friends, both guys and gals are in this category and she just couldn’t handle all that geek! But don’t worry, I can’t handle her “socialite” thing too, it’s a truce. When I asked her about it, she simply said that he looked like a geeky art student. Yes, imagine all the red, fat, beefy hearts flying in my head that moment while an expression of disgust is drawn all over her face.
I am not a full pledged geek or nerd myself, but what others consider weird behavior is like a my kryptonite. My AADBSK 3 DVD was my priced TVXQ possession besides JJ’s Anan and their Rolling Stones magazine because in one of the DVD’s chapter, I noticed a nicely-colored blue shirt, oh, how I loved that shade of blue, wait… is that what I think it is?
My dad is a big Star Wars fan, bring up a single related SW item and he won’t stop blabbing about it. Although he may fanboy in silence but when I was a kid, he would scold me for doing a Vader impersonation. Oh, god! And when I brought home a Darth Vader M&M’s poster (a Philippine promotional merchandise from Revenge of the Sith) he gave my cute poster a stink eye and… I couldn’t remember the exact words, but he went full blast philosophical about it. I thought CM’s shirt was just a fad, not until it was revealed how he loves the franchise.
“If you want to know what I’m talking about, click the photo. DO IT! DO IT!”
While mostly would shout “Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala” if they want to think of something, his apparently is the Star Wars theme song.
“Now it’s legit to carry these in a TVXQ concert while in a slave Leia outfit. Hey! Hear that sound? That’s the sound of my dad disowning me!”
5. …And how adorable he looks while swooning over his fandom.
If you love something, express it. Do I need to say more? In my books, this is more adorable than an aegyo!
“Trying to be diplomatic about it and suddenly…”
“…a burst of feels!”
“Focus boy! FOCUS!”
“CASSIOPEIA VERSION: Replace Legos with TVXQ merchandises”
“CASSOPEIA VERSION: Replace Lego World with a Dong Bang fan meeting or concert”
It’s good to know that the dude who is partly responsible for our fan club name is no different from us.
6. How he is as the Agent 007 of the group, or duo, whatever!
As a former girl scout, I approve of this! And yes, that, is how you pack your bags soldier!
Okay, so… the video was already taken down in Youtube. In Strong Heart, the mc’s go rummaging on CM’s bag contents and they were surprised to see that his bag is like a mini convenience store. I give him plus points for the re-usable shopping bag. If my memory is correct, he said something like: I shop using a re-usable bag because it is more environment friendly.
7. How sexy his eyes look if he is trying to answer a history question.
A follow-up to item number three. Why can’t I find dudes like these in a quiz bee competition? WHY?! I have joined a few, but, zero, nada, opseo! WHY?!
Even though he is not answering trivia questions, his eyes have the ability to look super cute and at times fierce. That’s what we call versatility guys!
“If he sees an outstanding girl from the crowd, he remembers her appearance like a picture forever. I… would like to experience the Changmin-glare and I… should glare at him back! — I swear, I will get that glare! For all the good reasons of course.”
8. He is quite a rocker
In a Japanese interview, he said that his favorite Japanese band is B’zs. I wonder if he actually settled in that vocal range because he wants to scream like a rock star, but ended up in a boyband? Hmmm?
And this! Oh god! X-Japan!
Oh yes, pre-requisite sexy.
9. His untamed hair
“Lies! ALL LIES!!!”
All my life, my poofy hair has been the bane of my existence! I used the word “poofy” because I couldn’t describe it as curly. It’s not even pretty!
“Here’s an accurate depiction of it”
Until I’ve read a fan forum board or was it an interview, that he asked fans not to give him a comb. A big brush is what he needed the most. His reason is that, a plastic comb would break in half if he ran it across HIS POOFY HAIR! It’s like, the heavens has sent an angel in my life!
“The messiah of POOFY.”
Not only his crown has an untamed mane, it was all over! He is a very, very hairy boy
and I am a national forest. In a BTS interview, CM said the most difficult thing he encountered while he was shooting his first television drama other than the punishing acting training and schedule, it was the preparation for this scene:
Let us not forget the pain he suffered in a waxing salon just to satisfy our carnal fantasies of him. If the universe would allow it, and… uhh~ let’s say we had a kid… he would end up like this:
“Our son, isn’t he handsome?”
10. The quirks of his weird pronunciations both in Hangul and Nihonggo
He seem to have a problem with the pronunciation of “ae.” I tried searching the internet or asking other people, it’s really weird. Here’s how he called BAEkhyun:
And here’s another one in Catch Me’s “WAE”
(mark at 3:29)
Sometimes he gets it right, sometimes he doesn’t. But we all find that cute, right? Or it’s just me who noticed?
11. His awkwardness
Maybe it’s just the age but I am not amused with hallyu-celebs showing their aegyo.
I don’t get it, why do it? If a guy does that? Would you think it’s adorable? Do they like doing it? I don’t think so. A little feeling of embarrassment afterwards shows that they are human too, it’s all a show, but I’m still not into that sh*t.
And in some of their choreography, he seems to have a hard time loosening up.
“The other one trusts the physics, while the other is not trusting the forces of gravity.”
Isn’t that cute! Yah, I know, I’m twisted like that.
12. The derps
So… I heard he is the most handsome creature who graced this planet, tell me more!
“It’s like catching Pokemons. Hehehe~”
I even made a compilation to glorify it! Handsome pictures are boring!
“I take everything back!”
Plus, derps make a good response on social media posts since the dawn on image replies.
“This can be used from ‘OH GAHD NO!’ to ‘WTF’s going on?!'”
13. He’s introverted, well, mostly
That’s what he said! There are some findings that say introverted people tend to be more sensitive than extroverts. Their definition of quality time is an alone time and socialization is spent with a few good friends than a big party.
“Introverted people are mostly intellectual. *swoons*”
But one might debate over this. Changmin works in showbiz which requires a lot of interaction with people, but in order to recharge or think of new ideas, he wanted solitude. While I am writing this post, I only have several hours after midnight to ponder on this. As a result, it took longer than I expected to finish a paragraph because I have to think really hard. By now, I am listening to Youtube pink noise to block out all the sounds in the environment and it is doing wonders, it’s giving me an illusion that I am all by myself. Okay, back to him… it’s safe to assume that our well-loved Dong Bang Shin Ki member is actually an Ambivert. By definition, it is a combination of some extroverted qualities like the desire for public recognition for their work, while enjoying some alone time as relaxation.
Sure, many of you don’t want to be left alone but, great minds have to hear themselves sometimes.
“The voices inside my head is telling me to eat endlessly!”
14. The Voldemin Lord of Pron (or anything NC19)…
But he was young back then. Maybe he’s a changed man, NOPE! HE’S GETTING WORSE!!!
“There’s more where it came from… CLICK THE GIF guys to see the whole post.”
Every guy does it. There was a study about guys who doesn’t watch porn but it was easier to find people who did. Anyways, a Konkuk University Science Journal concludes that watching porn can actually make you dumb. So, let’s say that Changmin’s rumored genius IQ of 150 points is true, then being the Lord of Pron may have drastically decreased his brain power.
“How ironic, he came from Konkuk University.”
For us, we should really lessen watching Chang-prons from now on.
“Why do we have to choose between our intelligence and fulfillment!”
15. His epic fails
BEHOLD, the man who has a rumored 150 IQ points!
No one’s family jewels is safe from him either.
“Ain’t gonna have ki~iiiiids! Sorry Yunho-bias people.” “You are here to hit some pins with a ball, not hit balls with pins!”
But, in my books, he is still a champion.
16. His love for baseball
Baseball is the only sport I’ve played my whole life. In the Philippines, not much is known about this sport, then came Voldemin, whose obsession with the game is synonymous with other’s love for football and basketball. He even plays some catch during his break.
“His pose is like an insult to my femininity”
A tradition in Tokyo Dome says that everyone who visits it must catch a fly ball, since Tokyo Dome is one of the major baseball arenas in Japan. Every TVXQ concert, an autographed fly ball is thrown to BIGEASTS to observe that practice. Well, at least that’s what I think it is, but the gesture is brilliant.
“That’s not how you do it, Shim!”
The results of the major league affects his mood of the day. But we can’t blame him if he’s really passionate about it.
17. The extreme polarities of his physical strength
Yes, he is a member of Dong Bang Shin Ki, Changmin is athletic like the other guys…
His great hand strength has been the biggest fear of these guys too.
“You have toned biceps. USE THEM!”
Oh, yes… you don’t have to be Hercules all the time.
18. His extreme tolerance of spicy food
In “Explorers of the Human Body,” the group has demonstrated their high tolerance of spicy food. Aside from Jaejoong, he may be the second on the list. Even when they turned into a duo, the Japanese still challenges his ability to chug down incredible Scovilles
19. The rarity of seeing a pop-star / matinee idol consume alcohol in public and how he is not afraid to say it.
“I don’t drink alcohol” — HAH! One of the BS that I hear from matinee idols who have to keep their images clean.
“Even Junsu drinks! Your argument is invalid!”
It is normal for adults to drink and we call it socialization. In my case, I drink alone. It’s like drinking some special tea. I mean, South Korea is like the drunkard capital of the world. So what better way to celebrate your 10th year in the industry? By having some shots of course!
(start at 2:44)20. Him, downing some caffeine
Don’t you just fantasize of a handsome guy serving you some coffee? As a coffee-lover, yes, I do!
“The best Arabica drip in town, served to you by Shim Changmin everyday.”
That dark liquid of goodness streaming down his diamond-laced vocals. Oh yeah!
Wait, whut? O_O~
21. His views of life
As I said before, I appreciate honesty. I mean, we’ll all go there someday.
“YH’s reply is what I get when my peers ask me about my philosophy in life.”
I am brutally honest from time to time, but honesty can be misinterpreted as snarkyness or in this case, negativity. In his past UFO replies, it may sound that he is being snarky, but I can sense a bit of honesty and logic in his words.
22. How his actions would resemble an anime character
I grew up watching anime and one of my favorite is Slam Dunk. My favorite characters were the two three-pointer shooting guards of Kainan and Shohoku.
Even his long hair days is similar, sans missing front teeth.
It’s no surprise that when I started to fangirl, my desire to watch anime has decreased. Now, I just watch a few for the art and story, not for unrealistic drawing of bishounens. I have KPop guys to do it for me. Plus, they kinda act like one.
“Add more dudes on the side and you can form a Power Rangers team here.” 23. The roles he play in various music videos, dramas, magazines, and movies
Every fangirl wants their Goo Jun Pyo, right? Well, honestly, I hate the story of BOF with passion because of reasons! I have nothing against the original manga artist or the actors who have played it in different version
except the North American version. Maybe I’m just different. I like suspense thriller films that have tons of mindf*ck political and existential mysteries and growing up in anime made a weird mix of pop culture fantasies in my head.
Role Number 1: Han Dong Joo
As a kid, I have no idea what the three letter word that couples do in their honeymoon meant. The kid me is saying, when I get married, I’ll dress up like a princess and we’ll watch our favorite game / show together. UGH!!! In this scene, Han Dong Joo and Dal Ji gets married garbed in Prince and Princess-like wear, rushes to their rooms, just in time for the World Cup. Wait, what? So… that thinking is universal? Which figures, because Dong Joo and Dal Ji is portraying puppy love or a kid-like innocence of something big.
Role Number 2: Choi Tae Hyun
I was in South Korea for a vacation when this episode aired. Aaaaah!!!
Okay, okay, Ana, breath. HA~AAAAAH!
Choi Tae Hyun is a nuclear weapons and tactics expert of the government. In his first appearance, Agent Choi
because it’s sexier if you put the word AGENT at the start of every name disarmed a C6(?) type plastic explosive connected to a thermal-sensitive trigger that could destroy a military bunker underground. I’ve watched several suspense thriller films and enjoyed every bit of blabbety nonsense this Agent Choi is sayin’. The episode that I enjoyed the most was when Agent Choi is debriefing the staff of the Nuclear ploy that the North stored for them… because, you know, I read about nuclear energy and weapons in my spare time. O_O
“You can disarm my bombs anytime soon Agent Choi.”
Role Number 3: Momo
After several series of his painful acting, his role in “Fly with the Gold” has landed him a Best Actor Award, I’m a fan of his, and I don’t know how that happened. But he has improved ten-fold from his last major drama project. Considering that the director keeps on flaming at him. THANK YOU MISTER DIRECTOR! If it weren’t for you, I would have totally given up on my bias’s endeavors in dramas and films.
Without leaking any spoilers, Momo is an ex-North Korean spy who have sought refuge in Japan, only to get hunted down by assassins. The protagonist has chosen the name Momo after a Japanese children’s folklore story in which the original Momotarou in the folklore is ubiquitous and yet his origins were unknown. This was my favorite role of his, which combines two of my favorite things: Changmin and Suspense Thriller.
In the movie, Momo was tasked to blow up the leading news station in downtown Osaka.
“I am so~ooo taking my overtime now!”Which spells “feels-exploding” to any Cassiopeia working for a news agency.
Oh, I definitely saw what you did there Miss Author, or director, I don’t know, I haven’t read the novel yet! As to spread terror in the news station, he intimidates an employee. Like me.
Role Number 4: The Photographer
Photography was one of our pre-requisite subjects in Fine Arts. The school administration reasons that artists should know how to take decent photos because we’ll never know when we’ll need it. Several years later, when shove comes to shove, or I volunteer,
or clients don’t have an appropriate budget to HIRE a professional photographer, I… take over! Aside from comic illustration, my life in Fine Arts revolved around Photography and I may not be an official professional, I still love it like… it’s an extension of my illustrating.
“Capturing Chanyeol’s derp is 1000x more rewarding than drawing his chibi! Hehehe!”
But professional photographers don’t always share the same views with us artists. So, my encounter with them, especially fashion photographers doesn’t turn out pretty.
“Destroy my histogram, artist! I, dare, you!”
A shoot or coverage is nowhere near a “The Celebrity” photo-shoot, from asking permissions to suffering hours of severe dehydration, hunger, and muscle fatigue from squeezing through the crowd. Even if it’s just a picture, it’s a lot of comfort for me to stay fit and focused.
Role Number 5: Han Minwoo
As a Fine Arts alumni and a professional
(pseudo-comic) artist… DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO?! Imagine if your ultimate bias would play the role which is your job or your current college course is? What kind of feels would you have. For example, you happen to be a big Kyungsoo fan and apparently you work as a part time supermarket employee, wouldn’t that make you appreciate your job more?
“Career Existentialism put aside.”
I haven’t forgotten his first ever role in Banjun Drama:
“Chant Mirotic’s chorus in front of your TVXQ merchs for the same creepy effect.”
I’m always afraid that he’ll find out my Changmin altar.
24. The big difference of Shim-past and Shim-present Remember this prank?
Now, I want you to return to 2014 and picture Changmin making this face to anyone whose trying to prank him.
“Nothing is sacred when he gives you that look.”
And how some grandmas molested / violated the kid.
Now, he’s just, uhhh~ I don’t know how to put this…
The violent Shim before…
…to a peaceful Shim today.
He is a changed man I tell you. *crosses fingers behind back*
25. His love affair with food…
If there is “Friendzoned” or in the case of Filipinos “Kuyazoned” (which is worse than friendzone) anybody who makes a move on him will end up…
When he was younger, he eats a lot like 7 meals a day and several creepy sasaeng accounts listed of what he eats on a daily basis. In MNet’s TAXI, it was revealed that Yunho is the one who eats astounding amounts of food, given that the dude dances a lot. But you don’t have to eat in big quantities to say how much you love food. Because as one of my mentors said, a person who loves food, loves to cook.
“For those who can understand Tagalog: IT’S. A. TRAP!”
Second to Jaejoong, I think he is one of Dong Bang’s best cook… he really know where to put those cookies!
Now that the Dong Bang under SME is a duo, Changmin still does all the cooking, but now they live separate condo units.
26. His neatness and nagging is of the same level as a woman’s
“Yes! Who does that?! It’s disgusting!”
If I had my own place, my unit would be as obsessively clean as his. Bu~uuut, given the high prices of property here in the Philippines for a common salary worker, I’d just imagine my ocd-kind of room.
Yes, I get you in that area my loves.
In a twisted alternate universe, Changmin would be the one wearing the skirt, a hot pink balloon skirt!
27. I mean, LOOK AT THIS PRETTY WOMAN RIGHT HERE!
They say that the real measure of a man’s handsomeness is how he would look like if he dresses up like a girl.
“So much insecurity issues arising from this one.”
28. His wits and quick thinking
During Mirotic Seoul Tour talk, Changmin pointed out that his wits and quick thinking were due to his parent’s genes. Dictated by Asian culture, the other boys were not able to argue any further.
Wits can be mistaken for snarkyness, because in reality, he just knew what to say at the right time and at the right place…
…even if it seemed to be inappropriate or NC 19 material.
29. His quirks never fails to make me wonder – why am I even here?
At first, when I saw this picture, I thought to myself that nothing else would get worse than this…
“Earning money is harder than he thought.”
…but I was WRONG!
Hey! That would be the most brain melting costume of a pop star I would see him wear. And as if FATED, this greeted me “Happy Year of the HORSE!”
This should be a Gaki no Tsukai for Cassiopeias, the fangirl who laughs — will be punished!
“Imagine, Spice Guy is saying he’s riding a white horse, the camera pans to the side and you see Changmin in the other corner saying ‘I… am… a white horse!’ Oh god! My imagination is betraying me!”
30. His honesty
Even if it would cost him his job… he is still not afraid to say it — up to a certain extent. Of course, you can’t be 100% honest if everybody’s looking up to you and watching your every move. That’s why he strayed off Social Media sites.
31. His fidelity
“Cray-Cray Photoshop material. Hehehe~”
A man who could stay settled for years is an intelligent man, or has a good upbringing. In his interviews, he said that he latch on a relationship for years. It was never a one-time summer thing like “Superstar.”
While most guys have a taste for younger women (or girls), Shim Changmin admitted that he never had a girlfriend younger than him… even if you count the months. They are still older than the dude.
“Yes! Yes you may, dongsaeng. *wiggle eyebrows*”
32. And finally, how he drop quotable-quotes.
Sometimes fans forget that they have a life to live other than their bias. Even if TVXQ is still thriving on our “crazy,” he still reminds us to put ourselves first, before them.
There are several reasons why we choose our ultimate bias, it can be based from our idea of the illusive Mr. Right or we just see a little of ourselves in them.
We may not know our idol personally or we wouldn’t know if it’s all for a show, but at least there is a bit of humanity that is trickled onto the media. Not just a perfectly manufactured product that we usually buy at the shelves.
As I type… I just realized… is Changmin a Korean male version of me, sans height? O_O~
“Oh crap! She’s that deep bat-sh*t crazy already!”
The photos and videos used in this post are compiled from different TVXQ Facebook fanpages, websites and Tumblr accounts. Some of them were re-posted in several portals. I didn’t remove many of the watermarks or in case of the GIFs, I’ve placed their original Tumblr account on their hyperlinks whenever I can. I re-uploaded some of those in my own image hosting account for posterity, to keep this post intact just in case the owners of the websites decide to delete it.
It took me several days to complete this entry because I have to jog my memory for the links and I only have three to four hours a day to do this (including some Photoshop edits to make a meme). If you just skimmed your way through, please take time to click on the links, not because I am advertising them, but you may learn a thing or two. I also closed all my SNS tabs and even listened to pink noise so I can remember some of the sources better.
If you are planning to pull out my “words” from this blog, please don’t just simply copy-paste it on your website, because that’s just lazy and it won’t give you much brain practice if you aim to be a journalist or writer in the future. Link back to this post guys. The images, I don’t mind, they are not mine either.