I fully admit that, although I continue to watch Roommate, it does leave me underwhelmed more often than not. I am content to take it for what it is and enjoy the roommate bonding moments as the rest of the show goes by. This week’s stories felt a bit incomplete and jumped around without a lot of substance. Still, a few things stood out with lots of cute Jackson flips, Young-ji laughs, and Kang-joon’s starstruck deer-in-the-headlights moments upon meeting veteran actor Lee Soon Jae.
The roommates decided to learn Taekkyon together. Joon-hyung, Gook Ju, Nana, Young-ji, Se Ho, and Jackson received instruction and watched demonstrations before warming up and trying a few moves. The instructor explained that Taekkyon is one of Korea’s intangible cultural aspects, so I did a little research on this form of martial arts. Here is a link that gives a brief history of Korean martial arts style Taekkyon. http://www.turtlepress.com/training/history-and-principles-of-taekkyon.
Young-j is amazingly flexible!
There isn’t anyone quite as charming as Lee Soon Jae whose acting career began in 1956. Jong Ok and Sunny went to Dongsung-dong – a cultural arts district – to see him as the lead in the play, Golden Pond, with actress Na Moon Hee. Jong Ok invited him to the house for dinner where everyone scurried about, unsure how to act or what to say to the renowned visitor. The massage equipment that Young-ji randomly hauled downstairs created more chaos, but in this household, things like that seem to happen a lot. Se Ho opened a can of worms and asked Soon Jae to rate the guys on looks: Se Ho, 70; Joon-hyung, 80; Ryohei, Kang-joon, and Jackson, 90. That’s about right. Soon Jae rolled with the punches and humored the houseful of actors, idols, and celebs with stories of his life and words to live by. His aura is undeniable and amazing. He left the roommates with his philosophy on life:
The fundamentals of success are:
Courage, knowledge, and generosity.
Of these the best is generosity.
~Lee Soon Jae~
I like that.
Jackson gives Soon Jae a massage
Let’s see, what else happened? Kang-joon and Jackson decorated their room with some stenciling and graffiti spray painting. It turned out pretty decent.
Cucumber escaped from her pen and wandered into Nana’s room. Do I have to say again how uncared for this little pup appears to be? I know it’s a show, and maybe my expectations of pet care are a bit different than what I am seeing here, but I can’t help but think that a calmer place to live would be better for little Cucumber.
It is the year of comebacks for the first generation idol groups and singers. G.o.d.’s 15 year anniversary reunion concert attracted 40,000 fans – I was impressed! “Fan girls“ Min-woo, Kang-joon, and Se Ho showed up backstage in lighted sky blue headbands – the band’s color – in support of Joon-hyung. They presented hi with flowers and joined the many glow-stick bearing fans for the concert. Such good guys! The fans even made Joon-hyung choke up. Hey, Joon-hyung, at 46 it must be nice to know you’ve still got it. Baamm!
It was a happy time around the dining room table with everyone present as they guessed at baby pictures and shared high school mug shots and stories. It feels full when all the roommates are gathered around. See you next week!
Ryohei then and now.