Kris flying over the moon and into the night sky
Oh, look…it’s Kris flying over the moon! =P This is a really dreamy pic. The dreams in which I’m flying are the best! Has anyone ever had a dream in which they were flying as well?
Kris‘ wish on the XOXO (Kiss&Hug) album wish list is “to fly.” It’s the first one on the list:
EXO‘s XOXO (Kiss&Hug) Wish List
Kris wants to fly like Superman and maybe even Peter Pan, but I think Peter Pan is already reserved for Luhan =P
I’ve noticed that a few fans have made lovely edits of Kris and the moon ^^ Hahahahaha!
Baidu Wu Yi Fan (Kris) Bar Header in March, 2013
Kris at the 13th Top Chinese Music Awards on March 14th, 2013 Edit
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I found the pic. on Tumblr, but I forgot who edited this. My apologies. I remember the lyrics of the song that the person had placed underneath it. They were lyrics from Bruno Mars‘ Talking to the Moon.
Talking to the moon.
Trying to get to You
In hopes you’re on
The other side
Talking to me too.
Another fan on Tumblr wrote, “When I look at the moon, I think of you,” and tagged Kris from EXO. Maybe someone has been reading my blog! xD
My question, now, is…why are there no edits of Kris with the sun or sunlight? I ask because Kris refers to the sun or sunlight every now and then. For instance, Kris drew a sun in his message for the XOXO (Kiss&Hug) album and even wrote, “Sunlight through the cracks,” on his RenRen a week or two ago. He also said, “The sun is angry at the moon,” on SBS PopAsia when he displayed his koala bear drawing that he made for Halloween. It appears as though he doesn’t like the moon =P
The sun and moon
Speaking of the sun and moon, let’s talk about stars. There are “facts” about the members of EXO that should be taken with a grain of salt. I noticed that one of them is that Kris likes to read about astrology and believes that the star signs accurately represent some of his fellow members’ behavior or attitude, except for Luhan‘s =P
Let’s use Kris‘ line, “I still like you even if you aren’t tall,” and slightly alter it. What if I say, “Even though you’re a Scorpio and I’m an Aquarian, I still like you,”? Is Kris going to believe that a Scorpio and an Aquarian will still not get along? =P
I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I don’t believe in astrology. I’ve stated this several times throughout my blog, but I’ll go into more details now.
Observing the stars…
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The purpose of stars:
Allah created these stars for three purposes: to adorn the heavens, to stone the devils, and as signs by which to navigate. Whoever seeks anything else in them is mistaken and does not benefit from them, and he is wasting his time and effort in seeking something of which he has no knowledge. —Sahih al-Bukhaari, Baab fi’l-Nujoom, 2/240
The study of the stars is divided into two kinds:
- Study of the influence of the stars (astrology)
- Study of the positions and movements of the stars (astronomy)
The former, which includes believing in star signs and looking up horoscopes, is considered haram (act forbidden by God), whereas the latter, which is using stars for navigation and scientific purposes, is not haram. Note, the opposite of haram is halal, which is an act that is permissible by God.
Additionally, consulting fortune tellers, soothsayers, palm readers, and the likes, is considered shirk, which is polytheism/idolatry. This also means associating partners with God. The consequences for such a consultation is that one’s prayers are not answered for 40 days. Furthermore,
Whoever acquires knowledge of any branch of astrology, has acquired knowledge of a branch of magic. The more he increases in that knowledge, the more he increases in sin. —Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol. 3, p. 1095, no. 3896
It should also be noted that believing in the information that astrologers, fortune tellers, soothsayers, and the likes provide means that one believes that a human being has knowledge of the unforeseen rather than believing that God has knowledge of that and has already laid out one’s destiny.
With Him are the keys to the unseen and none knows it except Him —The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 6, Verse 59
So, where is the information that astrologers, fortune tellers, soothsayers, and the likes provide coming from? The answer is simple. It’s from Satan.
It’s true that there is a “spiritual realm” that one can connect to receive information like some fortune tellers, soothsayers, and the likes do; however, the problem is:
The angels descend in the clouds and mention matters which has been decreed in heaven; Satan steals a hearing (listens to it stealthily) and communicates it to the soothsayers who tell along with it a hundred lies. —Bukhari
This simply means that the information that is provided to astrologers, fortune tellers, soothsayers, and the likes, is information that has been fabricated by Satan. Remember, Satan deceives people in an attempt to turn them against God.
Please note that whatever quotations that I have used above, which are not from The Holy Qur’an, are from the Hadith. Hadith is a “a saying or an act or tacit approval or disapproval ascribed either validly or invalidly to the Islamic prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” and, “Hadith are regarded by traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Qur’an and in matters of jurisprudence.” (Islahi; Ibn Hajar)
Having spoken from a religious point-of-view, upbringing, experiences in life, and the willingness of a person to change play a large role in shaping one’s behavior and his/her attitude towards things as well. Therefore, star signs are not a reliable source for predicting one’s behavior and attitude.
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Generally speaking, I’ve done quite a bit of research on the culture of South Korea, China, and Japan. Social issues, customs…you name it. I can even tell you that the divorce rate in South Korea is near 50%, making it one of the 10 countries with the highest divorce rates in the world (so much for Seoul being called a “romantic” city -_-), and that there is a marriage crisis in China right now due to the large number of men in comparison to women.
Since I’ve done some research on the cultural dimensions or aspects of South Korea, I’ve stumbled across articles mentioning that it’s common for people in South Korea to consult with fortune tellers. There’s even a specific term that is used for a type of fortune-telling that is practiced in South Korea and some of it is based on Chinese teachings. It is already known that some fortune-tellers take an interest in predicting the future of Korean celebrities.
Interestingly, some of the “facts” that should be taken with a grain of salt also indicated that a couple of Chinese trainees in SME believe in superstitions, which are, of course, Chinese superstitions. One of the superstitions mentioned was about a tap on the shoulder or head. According to this superstition, there are three “invisible” flames that are meant to keep spirits away: one on each shoulder and one above the head. If a person taps another person on either shoulder or head, it is seen as extinguishing an “invisible” flame. If one of the flames is extinguished, it means that it’s easy for a spirit to enter inside a person.
Sehun and Luhan palm reading at the 5th Mengniu Music Awards?
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As stated in the “fact”, whenever a Korean trainee would tap a Chinese trainee’s shoulder, he would be confused about why the Chinese trainee would tap his shoulder back.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese members of EXO believe in such superstitions. After all, there was an awards ceremony in which Luhan and Sehun were spotted in an act of what looked like palm reading.
Moreover, my Changsha friend has told me about a few Chinese superstitions. I, of course, don’t believe in any of them, especially the ones that center around bad omens, as believing in bad omens fall under the same category as fortune-telling. The belief that good luck charms also bring good luck is a form of shirk or polytheism.
However, in Islam, we do believe in “spirits”, but we have another term for them, which is “jinns” or “genies”. Their population is much larger than the human population. They can see us, but we can’t see them (unless they want to be seen by us). They can also be categorized as good or bad, have freewill, and are subject to same test as humans are. However, unlike humans that are made from clay, jinns are made from smokeless fire and they do have the ability to enter inside a human. That is one of the reasons why we should seek protection from God to ward off all harm and evil.
Speaking of that, I’ve always wondered why an app. that centers around K-Pop has to be called GENIE out of all the names that are available in the world.
EXO Greeting on Genie Launching – June 9th, 2013
I, of course, do not have the ability to predict the future, but I do find it strange that some of the things that I mention do come true. I don’t believe in coincidences, except maybe in a few instances, but I do believe that most things happen deliberately. In fact, I should be saying that everything happens for a reason and that there is no such thing as “coincidence” in this world. What happens for a reason may not be a reason for another person outside the situation, but it may be a reason for the person in the situation.
I find some instances funny, though. For example, during the time I traveled back home last year, Kris traveled back home too. When I attended a wedding over the Winter break (in the Northern Hemisphere), EXO had attended a staff member’s wedding around that time as well. When I had a haircut where my fringe looked uneven, on the following day Kris had a hairstyle where his fringe looked uneven. When I shifted from the old apartment to a new apartment, EXO had shifted from their old dorm to a new dorm.
If that’s not all, when EXO had traveled to L.A. for KCON last year, Kris, Lay, and Luhan had gone shopping and there was a photo of Kris sitting on a table of clothes waiting for his members (in the most unenthusiastic manner, may I add =P). Guess what, I was sitting like that in a store while waiting for my friends to finish shopping, and as I was browsing through Tumblr on my cell phone, one of the photos that popped up was of Kris sitting in a store just like me. LMAO! Also, the way that Kris wore a black T-shirt over his white shirt once, is the way I wear my black scarf around my shoulders after I’m done praying at home. When I saw a pic. of him wearing his black T-shirt like that, I had my black scarf wrapped around myself like that too (my way looks much nicer, though xD).
Furthermore, the day before Kris received his son, Ace, I was trying out a half ponytail hairstyle on my hair. The following day, I saw airport pics. of Kris on Tumblr and he had a half ponytail too. However, that wasn’t the most noticeable thing that day. What was noticeable was Ace and how much he looked like the pic. of a puppy with a scarf and a pair of glasses in the post, EXO Kris’ “Mysterious” Pet and Other Cute Traits, that I had made two months before Ace was introduced.
Recently, I talked a little about VIXX in a post on EXO and this week a photo of VIXX and EXO posing together emerged. Likewise, a few days back, I talked about SNSD, and the day before yesterday, all of us fans had the chance to see a photo of SNSD and EXO together. xD
1st Pic.: 130607 EXO with VIXX
2nd Pic.: 130608 EXO with SNSD
Maybe the reason for all of this is that it’s time to get off EXO Planet =P In fact, my really good friends that were into EXO since the beginning, which is the pre-debut era of teasers, have stopped being a big fan of them. I can understand their reason without even asking for it. I think after being into K-Pop for four years now, we kind of know the formula that is used in the Korean music industry.
All K-Pop groups are practically the same at the end of the day. Different songs, different concepts…but they’re still the same. They are all marketed with a particular image and everything they say or do in public is strictly monitored or controlled. How are they like when the cameras stop rolling? Only they know.
And I’m starting to think that my reaction when I see any K-Pop star one day is going to be like this =P:
After hearing what Omar Regan said, I remember the beautiful Malaysian girl, Rabi’atul Afifah, that looks like Yoona from SNSD. I saw many of her pics. and she’s like a duplicate of Yoona! She is naturally pretty, mashAllah. Imagine if there was a Muslim guy that looked like Kris…kekeke! That would be pretty awesome!
Right now, all I can say is:
‘I believe I can fly, so I can fly,’ and ‘We are really happy that we can have the CeCi, so um yeh, and today uhh our concept is kind of like, uh, flower boy, like propose, like going on a date, so like we’re all really colorful, and then we have flowers together, and we take pictures with flowers.’ —Kris (130609 EXO on Sister Day)
Kris, I love you as a friend, but please let me help you in writing a speech =P
Speaking of “flying”, I still find it odd How I Predicted That One Of The EXO Members Can Fly. Like I’ve said before, everything happens for a reason. Maybe I was meant to be a fan of Kris. Because of this, I don’t see it much as a waste of time, but probably a lesson to be learned. K-Pop is an addiction and I can feel myself emerging out of it now, alhamdulillah.
Bird flying into the moonlight
I know that some of us have stories about how we got into K-Pop and some of those stories center around being in a state of depression. Maybe I should share my story of how I got into K-Pop one day, iA. I remember that day really well. It was during the time a Talent Show took place at my undergrad. uni in October 2009.
Furthermore, I’m not the kind of fan that goes hysterical when seeing his/her bias on screen. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m a bit older than most fans and perhaps, I’m aware that that sort of action leans towards “idol worshiping.” My faith, after all, keeps me grounded, alhamdulillah. I also know that nobody should be praised more than God, and when one does praise another person, one should always say, “mashAllah” (as Allah wills”; a term, we Muslims, use in place of “God Bless”).
It’s true ^^
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Another point is that there are no ugly people in this world, only lazy people. Everyone can look beautiful from the inside and outside if they worked on it. K-Pop stars are proof of that…in terms of what is shown on the outside. One of the biggest examples is Kris! xD Seeing his high school photos and comparing them to his current photos, you would realize that all he needed was to invest some time into grooming, which he does now =P That’s it! Obviously, things are different for people in the world of K-Pop because they have makeup artists, trainers for fitness, and stylists, whereas everyday people, particularly those with a 9-5 job, don’t have that kind of luxury and have to push themselves to invest their free time on grooming no matter how exhausted they may be by the end of the day.
Over time, I’ve also realized that the two qualities to look for in an individual are definitely religion and character. I’ve finally understood the reason, especially after being a fan of particular K-Pop stars. Someone of religion doesn’t drink, doesn’t date around for fun, and doesn’t try and make people walk away from the path of God. Whereas, someone of character is respectful, caring, trustworthy, knows what’s right from wrong and stands up for what he/she believes in, etc.
Is there a K-Pop star out there that’s genuinely like this, especially in the kind of industry that they are in? Ask yourself, what’s the point of creating an image if the individual is already supposed to be amazing? Doesn’t one create an image when he/she doesn’t have the “qualities that every boy/girl wants,” but wants to create the illusion that he/she does just to be accepted? Accepted by who? Fans, of course! Just think about it.
I mean…we could see Kris like this:
Cute Edit of Kris at EXO‘s Fan Signing Event in Ilsan – June 8th, 2013
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…but then he could be like this in real life.
No offense to Kris or anything like that, I’m just using these edits as an example =P His fan service at the Ilsan fan signing event was cute, though. ^^
Petite person with big thoughts…