Welcome to the August 2012 edition of Soshified Spotlight.

Just like every other month, we’re once again highlighting a regular member in Part 1, and a Soshified staff member in Part 2.

This month, we’re featuring kim_woon in Part 1 and SNSDave in Part 2, which you can read here. kim_woon, or Kim/Izy, is a bonafide Girls’ Generation convert, going from initially disliking them, to now being a dedicated SONE. Like many of us in this economy, Kim is currently looking for a job, especially in her field of computer science, though she did previously hold a programming internship at an IT company. In the meantime, she’s spending her days at home helping her family, and of course keeping up with the latest in Girls’ Generation.

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What is your first name?

Some people who know me here will just call me Kim and some Izy. So, I’ll just stick with that. ^^

How did you find out about Soshified and why did you decide to join?

Basically, I know about Soshi Subs first before Soshified. Back to 2008 when I’m not yet a SONE, randomly searching around youtube and stumbled upon Soshi Subs name for few times. And then, few years after that, around 2010 when the Korean wave start to hit me again, I randomly surf around youtube and found Soshi Subs name again that ended up leading me to Soshified. After I know this forum is related to Girls’ Generation and the pink blood start to spread around my body, I registered as a Soshified member on 26 October 2010 and that was the day I officially made myself as a SONE.

How did you come up with your screen name?

To be frank, I don’t really remember why I came up with this name LOL the only think I could remember is I used Kim because that time I like another girl group and my favourite member surname’s Kim, so that’s why I used it.

Where are you originally from, and where do you currently reside (city and country for both)?

I am from Malaysia. To be specific from Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

If we were visiting you where you live for one day, where would you take us? Why are these places so significant?

The place I would like to take you is quite significant as Sunway is probably a name where all Malaysian knows well. So, this place is probably the nearest place from my living area and it’s very interesting to be visited. With name of Sunway Pyramid, I’m sure you guys can already imagine the shape of the building. Using the great Pyramid of Egypt concept, Sunway Pyramid is a shopping centre that’s one of the famous one around Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. From hundreds of shop lots, branded items, variety of foods and bowling lane, Sunway Pyramid got its own attraction where they got ice rink inside it. As we’re not a 4 season country, the ice rink probably one of interesting stuff to try out.
In addition to it, next to Sunway Pyramid is Sunway Lagoon, a very popular theme park. You can find Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Wild Life Park, Scream Park and Water Park all in one place. I’ve been here for 3 times and probably the best place for friends having fun time together especially in the Water Park and Amusement Park.

Tell us a little about your life. What do you do full time and in your free time?

I just finished my degree early of this year and officially graduated last May. Currently, I’m just staying home, helping my family with house course and of course, still finding my permanent job. So my full time and free time probably spend with usual routine and updating myself with all SNSD news, of course.

What’s the most interesting thing about you and/or that has ever happened to you?

There are few things. I finally finished my study this year after 3.5 years of struggle is one of the thing. I’m having hard time in my final semester as I keep losing focus but with support by family and friends, I still manage to push myself until the end of the journey and I was grateful with it.
Other than that, 9 December 2011 and 23 March 2012 are also the best thing happened in my life. I went to SNSD 2nd Asia Tour Concert in Singapore and the most precious time for all Malaysian SONE when the girls came for Twin Tower Concert 2012. These two times probably the time I could get myself as near as I can to the girls and I really enjoyed it a lot.

What did you study in college, and what kind of job are you looking for?

I am a Computer Science student in college with Software Engineering as my major. And for the job I’m looking for of course it’s in Computer Science field, but more to Software Engineering like Programmer, System Analyst, Software Developer and etc.

What was your internship in?

I had my internship during early of 2011 for 20 weeks at an IT company owned by one of a broadcast station here. They gave me a position as Programmer and basically manage all the in-house systems. Taking reports from users, update and upgrade the system based on users requirement, most of it more to maintaining systems. In the same time learning lots of new things such as servers thingy and of course more programming language other than what I’ve learned in my syllabus.

For people who are first meeting you (like most of us), how would you describe yourself?

I heard this for many times already as people who didn’t know me at first, they keep saying that I’m shy, quiet and some even said I’m not a friendly person because I didn’t talk around with people. But then, once they know me, I’m actually not that quiet as they thought at first. ^^

Tell us some things that most people don’t know about you that you think they should.

As I said in the previous question, some people think I’m quiet but I’m actually not. I’m quite talkative as my friend keep saying that to me. I think I would be like that to everyone who I feel comfortable with and not feel awkward anymore. So, if you find me talkative, that means we’re close enough that I can behave freely as my own self.

Is there anything big in your life that you’re working on? (This can be related to school, career, hobbies, family, friends, etc.)

There’s nothing that big for now. It’s just as I mentioned that I just finished my study, I probably into a new world and currently went into few interviews, trainings and also trying new stuffs like doing part time jobs outside of my study field.
Also, I’m working on my fanfic that was abandoned for few months already as I got a bad writers block this time. So, hopefully I can start writing again and update my fic soon. I’m sorry to my readers.

What’s your fanfic about?

My fanfic is about Sooyoung as the main role try to find back her first love. Unfortunately, since she changed her appearance, her first love didn’t really recognize her and Sooyoung still trying to approach her so she will remember Sooyoung again. It’s not only about the appearance changed only, there are words said by Sooyoung that made Jessica thinks Sooyoung she’s looking now isn’t her lover before. The complication is when Jessica isn’t single, actually attached to Tiffany at the time. And the great thing is Jessica admits to Tiffany, that Tiffany is Jessica’s first love. Other than that, this story isn’t about SooSic only but it involves Sooyoung with all the members. Sooyoung basically plays with everyone to get what she wants. If you read the story, you’ll probably understand what I mean.

What are your interests outside of Girls’ Generation?

Sports. A definitely something that I will never get bored. I’m sure it’s not only me but other people also start playing sport seriously at early age 8 or 9. The first sport I gave a try was Handball when I was in primary school. And starting from there, I keep on trying other sport such as Netball, Badminton, Table Tennis and also Soccer.
But due to school changes and school condition, I can’t continue some of my interest in sport that made me ended up being in school orchestra team. Ever since that, I love music so much. I learnt few things about music especially in orchestra. And the effect is I love music generally. So for now, R&B, hiphop and ballad probably my favourite music genre out of all.
Not to forget, lately once I get into university I fell in love with softball. However, I can’t really continue to play any sports as I got few injuries that asking me not to do some heavy activities.

How did you sustain your injuries that made you not be able to play sports anymore?

The first injury is on my right knee. It happened during a softball game. I’m on my position, the 3rd base and once the player hit the ball, it came to me. Unfortunately, the ball was too fast and approached my lower body. I can’t get the ball into my gloves and ended up block it using my leg. The player was out as I managed to throw the ball to the first base but my knee was bruise like crazy and it took over a month to fully heal. Another injury is on my left tibia. During the softball training, I joined the boys’ team to practice. Again, the ball hit my leg but this time it’s just a rubber ball, not the ball that we use during the game. Even I wore the shin guard that day, my tibia was bruised all over. The doctor said there’s nothing serious, only the soft tissues were torn. These two injuries didn’t stop me from playing sports even though sometime I still having a hard time to enjoy playing. The ankle injury I suffered during last year was the one that really stop me from doing all the things. The funny thing is this ankle injury I suffered is not happened during any sports training or games but when I was walking at my college. There’s a hole on the road. I can’t see it since it was dark and I accidentally step in the hole, I fell and injured my ankle. It takes a month to recover but still, I can barely walk fast or run for months. Even now, I still can feel it if I run too hard or doing any activity that requires legs in heavy moves or even wearing high heels for too long.

How did you first become a fan of Girls’ Generation?

This is one of my favourite questions. To think of it, I’m not a SONE at first place. I don’t even interested in any Korean things back there. But everything changed after I saw a girl group MV; probably a rival of SNSD that time I could say. There are few times I heard people saying about SNSD or Girls’ Generation but I never found anything interesting for me that time. I just saw a bunch of girls in a group that I can barely recognize each of their faces and their names that I’ll always take a pass when I found their name or Soshi Subs name in youtube or what.
So, until 2010, I found a variety show entitled ‘Invincible Youth’. I’m not really familiar with Korean variety show that time other than Star Golden Bell. So, I gave a try to watch the show. The first episode caught me very well that lead me to watch the entire show. In the show, Yuri and Sunny attracts me a lot. And found that they’re the members of Girls’ Generation, the first thing come up in my mind was Soshi Subs. I try to search again Soshi Subs in youtube and it leads me to Soshified and that’s the beginning of my life as a SONE.

I understand you initially didn’t like Girls’ Generation. Why didn’t you like them before?

One of the reasons is the quantity. To recognize each one in a group of five is already a hard thing to me, so to have nine girls in a group, I found that as absurd. I admit I had a really hard time to recognize all of them and even to remember their name. Yoona, Yuri and Seohyun are probably the hardest for me to differentiate. Even sometime I thought Taeyeon is Jessica.
Other than that, I watched their performance before and I think they’re not that good in singing live since I expect them to be like another girl group that I like. So, I look down on them and I don’t really like them. However, when I watch their performance in 2009 like Genie, Gee and another performance onwards, my mind changed. I start to think these girls have improved a lot. I guess when I start to look down on them, I don’t give much attention to them that lead me to ignore them and missed all the time to see them growing. Such a waste that I know them before but quite late to love them.

Who is your favorite member and why?

I prefer not to choose one, as nine of them are precious for me. Each of them got their own specialty and charms that I don’t want to let one of them out of my attention. They’re so precious that I can’t imagine what is Girls’ Generation without one of them.
If I want someone good in singing, there’s Taeyeon. If I want an adorable cold person, I have Jessica. If I want someone who’s good in aegyo, I have Sunny. If I talk about the best eye smiles, there’s no other than Tiffany. Dancing queen, Hyoyeon’s the best! Kkab and the precious black pearl, there’s Yuri. I love tall person and there’s Sooyoung. If I want to define what’s beauty and flawless are, there’s Yoona. And if I need a life motivator or food advisor, I got Seohyun. ^^
So, Girls’ Generation basically came with one full package. Instead of choosing one, I’ll take all.

What is your favorite Girls’ Generation song and MV and why?

When it comes to song, it’s Complete. The first song of Girls’ Generation that I love the most. Even that moment I’m not a SONE yet, but this song really get in me. The song arrangement and the melody are good. The lyrics too. So, every time I listen to this song, I always found that even though I don’t like them that time, they still make my life Complete, just like now.
And the MV, Genie. Yes, Genie was released on 2009 but I said I’m only falling in love with them on 2010. I watched Genie on 2009. I should say that there’s a little room of my heart opened for them. I start to recognize them because most of them change their appearance. I mean, Jessica was blonde that time. Sooyoung and Yoona cut their hair short. Also Tiffany. So with this some changes, it did make me attracted to them with that military like uniform. That was weirdly interesting for me.

What is your favorite Girls’ Generation moment and why?

There’s two moments I love the most. The first is when they’re performing Sorry Sorry. I love to see girls who look good in man attire. And the second is there’s one part in Win Win episode 11 when SNSD was a guest in the show, the MC gave them an opportunity to tell something to their members. It’s quite a short moment but I found it’s sweet and interesting, especially when Sooyoung’s turn to talk about Seohyun and from Tiffany to Yoona.

How has Girls’ Generation impacted your life, in specific areas or even as a whole?

To be frank, Girls’ Generation really impacted my whole life. And for some reason, they also changed my life. Looking at the girls who got the same age as me, how successful they are, how passion they are to reach their dream, silently they gave me strength to keep move on in this life. In short, they’re my energy pills, my happy virus and friends for me. I’m glad to know each one of them and I feel very lucky to be a SONE, finally.

What do you like most about Soshified, and why? Any section in particular you’re attracted to?

Soshified is a home for SONEs, I could say. I can list few sections where I love to stay on. Soshi Subs Downloads section is a must, Video Downloads, Lyrics Center, and Fan Fiction. Other than that, I used to check Girls’ Generation schedule from Calendar, Streaming if there’s any live streaming, Soshi Mart if there’s few interesting merchandise I could buy.
Other than that, all Features in Soshified portal are also interesting.

Is there anything else about you that you would like to add?

I love Girls’ Generation. That’s what I wanna say I think. And I just hope one day I can meet them face to face, for each one of them. Hopefully.

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Huge thanks goes out to Kim for participating in Soshified Spotlight this month. As usual, you can submit nominations for future Soshified Spotlights if you’d like to participate or if you’d like to get to know a fellow member better. Instructions on how to do so can be viewed at the Soshified Spotlight Solicitation announcement.

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