Where to find me?
Chief Translator at I’m Your Bestfriend Forum
Translator at 0526 Subbing Team
Main admin at Boyfriend Australia fanbase
You have a few nicknames, what name you prefer Bestfriends to call you?
Well, 'Bea' is my nickname ever since I was a child, so a lot of people calls and knows me that way (though my friends here in Australia call me by my real name ^^). So I'd prefer it if you guys call be Bea
So you live in Australia? Do you think you have the Australian accent when you speak?
I was from the Philippines, but I live in Australia now ^^ Hmm.. Do I?? Well.. After asking a few people that have heard me talk already, they said I do. According to Jihyeon eonnie, I sound like those people on Masterchef ahahhahahahha
So when and how did you start learning Korean?
Back in 2011 before I met Boyfriend, I already knew a few words from watching few shows and clips on YouTubes of the bands I knew at the time. Just the commonly used words though, like annyeonghaseyo, jinjja, kamsahamnida; those types of words. But after I met Boyfriend back in May 2011, my passion in learning Korean became stronger. I just wanted to learn the language.
So I started watching some 'Korean 101' videos on YouTube. I tell you, YouTube was a great big help to me throughout my journey of studying the language. I can still remember the channel name of the first video I've watched, it was busyatomdotcom. I also stumbled upon this VIDEO of 'Professor Oh' from sweetandtasty. Basically, that's how I started. From those videos, I was able to learn how to read and write in Korean, and also learned a few couple of words. I also took notes of it on a notebook that I still have. I just laugh at all the spelling mistakes I had written down on that book when I was just starting learning Korean ^^;
Then, a few months later, I found out about talktomeinkorean through a friend who was a member of the K-pop flashmob I was in during that time. And that's where I actually learned most of the things that I know right now. It has everything you need to know about Korean so I highly recommend that website. Really though. if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't even be a translator right now. TTMIK 사랑해~!
As I was still attending school at the time, I was only able to learn Korean for 1year (Jan~Dec 2011). After that, I just learned more Korean while watching more and more K-dramas and shows. I still read some of the lessons on TTMIK in 2012, but it was not as often and serious (in a way) as I did it back in 2011. But really, exposing yourself more to the language was a big help.
If I would give you all an advice in learning Korean more efficiently, I suggest you find yourself a Korean friend to practice with, just make sure they're fine with it. Like literally, I learned butt loads of Korean from doing so. Actually, I met my Korean friend on Boyfriend's fancafe, in one of the chatrooms. We first started as strangers, then we exchanged kakao IDs, and now we update and talk to each other every day! I really learned A LOT from her, especially the way Koreans send text messages, and also with Korean slangs. She helped me point out my mistakes and helped me fixed them. She's such a great friend <3 우경아 따랑해염~!
How did you first find out about Boyfriend and start liking them?
It was a long-ish story. It was the 27th of May. Yes, a day after their debut on MCountdown!, when I discovered our precious boys ever so randomly.
Back then, I only knew big bands like SHINee, SNSD, 2ne1 >_< (I joined the Kpop fandom late...;; . At the time, none of those big bands were promoting. So I thought to myself, 'Why not give the other bands (that were currently promoting) a chance'.
And so, I went to allkpop.com and looked at the list of groups that performed that week and watched their performances on YouTube. I can't remember exactly which band and videos they were though. But I can remember that ZE:A's Watch Out was one of those videos I've watched. Anyways, as I was watching a groups' live performance, I saw this featured video on the righthand side - Boyfriend's M Countdown debut performance. I was like, 'Oh, cool title, interesting thumbnail...'. So, I clicked on it and watched it. And I was.. mesmerized. They were so in sync with each other, the boys were good looking and the song was.. kind of different than what I usually listened to, but in a good way!! I can't exactly remember how I felt tho TT^TT. All I know is they left an impression on me.
So I watched the whole video, and again on the featured video section, Boyfriend's first ever MV was there. Well, you guessed that right, I clicked on it. I remember being so fascinated when I watched their MV for the first time^^ I just loved everything about it- the song, the choreography, everything! You know, I actually didn't know that two of the group members were twins. Cause in my eyes, they didn't really look alike, and this is not based on their hair colour. I mean their facial structure, it was different.
I don't know why, but I noticed that I had a thing for blondes before (Like my ultimate bias was Taemin from SHINee before Boyfriend existed). And so I obviously fell for Youngmin after watching the MV. But it was not purely because of his hair colour! It was also because of his charm that... I can't even explain... It is VERY hard to describe. And from that moment on, I just fell for him.
After that, I watched more and more of their videos and got more familiar with their faces. I tried to remember and learn all the members' names, their biography, group discography, basically I just learned everything there is to know about them.
Ahahahah funny story, I can actually remember how the fans became so lost and confused on who's the older twin between the two. I remember that one time when a lot of people thought Youngmin was the younger twin and Kwangmin was the older twin. And people actually said "Ah it's easy to remember who's the younger twin!| He's got YOUNG in his name and so I'll immediately know he's the younger one!" I actually fell for that ahahhhahah A few hours/days later, Starship officially confirmed that Youngmin is the older twin while Kwangmin is the younger twin by 6minutes.
The feels that I had that day when I first met them was just.. in was too intense that it cannot be explained TT^TT It was a really really good experience of having overflowing feels. AND I REGRET NOTHING.
Actually, our next question is who your Boyfriend bias is ahahahaha…. We can skip that now, but can you add a few more words about why you like Youngmin out of 6 members of Boyfriend?
Joyoungmin mah goosehh. Youngmin has stolen my heart ever since they have debuted. I'm not exactly sure how he did it but, he got me. Oh he got me good. I just love everything about him. His face, his overflowing talents (yes including his exceptional recorder skills), his idiocy, his dumb moments (him caressing goosieee just made me love him even more *U*), his personality, his determination, just.. EVERYTHING!
Why do you call him Goosie?
Okay, we can’t deny Youngmin’s charisma charms you, but do you have a bias wrecker in Boyfriend?
Hmm.. rarely happens. My love for that boy (Youngmin) is strong.
Back to translating, when did you start translating Boyfriend updates from twitter or fancafe?
Hmm.. Back then.. I just translated their updates for myself so I can practice my Korean. Like when they would update their twitter account, I would read their tweet out loud and try to understand it as much as I could. After that, I'll just look for the english translation of the tweet to check whether I got it write or not^^ If you count that as a start, then that's exactly how I started^^
I'm pretty sure my first ever public translation was my Donghyun fanaccount that happened during their 1st ever guerilla fanchat event So basically, I started translating publicly since 2013. Fun fact, I only joined Boyfriend's Official Fancafe around April 2013. It was that stage in my life when I got so passionate about translating Boyfriend's updates. From there, I started posting and translating their updates on tumblr, then officially became the forum's translator~
Also recently, I became a kor-eng translator for 0526subbing team and I'm really really happy for that. Like, it has always been my dream to be a part of the subbing team (I actually wrote that on my forum introduction post burried somewhere in the forum ㅋㅋㅋ) And now I am one of them. I'm just over the moon :'D
Translating about Boyfriend seems like fun, especially because you love them. However, is there any negative side you would like to share with us?
1/ The biggest factor that affects me from translating all their updates is no doubt, hands down, time zones. As Australia is ahead from everybody else (except New Zealand ofc), at first it was pretty hard to keep up with their "update time", especially because they usually update late at night (9:30~11pm KST, sometimes even later than that). Australia is an hour ahead from Korea. Because of that, I actually became nocturnal at one point, sleeping at 1am every day. This affected my overall performance at school as I would always get sleepy in my classes. I was able to fix that habit though, so I graduated high school well^^ Obviously, I'm back to being an owl againㅋㅋㅋ Did you see the amount of updates Boyfriend left for us in just one night/midnight?!?!?! Basically you turn into a nocturnal person when you become a translator. ahahahaha
2/ My priorities went all over the place >< You get really addicted to translating that all you want to do is translate everything there is to translate about Boyfriend instead of doing your tons load of assessment. At one point, I actually valued translating BF updates than my assignments, and so I had to cram a few assignments.
3/ You only remember the Korean word for some English word and vice versa (like there are certain Korean words that doesn't have an exact english equivalent) I'm not really sure if you could count this as a negative thing but yeah. It's definitely one of the effects of translating/knowing many languages.
4/You get frustrated as to how Boyfriend speak at times, cause sometimes you just can't understand what they're saying even if you put the volume up to 100 and use earphones, it's that bad. Sometimes they don't open their mouth properly, and so their words are all slurred. especially joyoungmin dear jeebus save his soul
5/ Whenever you hear someone speak in Korean, you just whip your head towards their direction automatically before you could even think. I know people judge me by doing so but I actually couldn't help it ^^; Sometimes, I even eavesdrop to their conversations and see whether I actually understand what they're saying or not ㅋㅋㅋ That's a bad thing to do, right??? ><
Despite the downside, I’m sure there are a lot of good sides from it too, right?
1/ You actually understand what they say and feel their emotions as sometimes, reading something in Korean is far more powerful than reading it in English- it has more meaning in my opinion as it is their native tongue.
2/ Korean does not sound like a foreign language anymore, it feels all natural; It feels like it is now and will forever be a part of me.
3/ Being able to talk to other K-Bestfriends. I'm actually pretty surprised that they didn't notice I wasn't Korean when I first joined a chatroom at Boyfriend's fancafe^^ Then when I told them, they were amazed of how "good" I was in speaking in Korean. I actually gained A LOT of Korean friends from doing this. We actually still keep in touch through kakaotalk^^ But some of them became discouraged to talk to me from the moment I told them I was not Korean.. That really made me upset.. all I wanted was to make some friends but.....
4/ Helping Boyfriend to send their message across to International Bestfriends :DDD
5/ It improves my Korean skills. This is the BIGGEST plus side of being a translator. Like you have no idea how big my Korean vocabulary has grown by just translating their updates and videos.
6/ Actually being able to make and hold a conversation with Koreans- talking to them face to face. Now this is THE biggest, MOST IMPORTANT point/event that I will never ever forget, though it doesn't really relate to translating.
It was that day, on Minwoo's birthday, that I met my "Korean Father" (Korean teacher). You can ask me more about it if you want, but that experience was just waaaaaaaaaay too special and precious for me, and it just boosted my motivation to learn Korean even more. I learned so much from this experience and just, it was so amazing *u* 선생님! 너무 보고싶어요! 한국에서 다시 만나요!!! 꼭!!!
Any memorable moment in translating Boyfriend stuffs?
1/ Finding hilarious moments in videos that you've actually never noticed the first time you watch it cause you're too busy spazzing and focusing on opparrrr ㅋ ㅋ ㅋ (meetngreet and 1000th day interviews oh dear lawd)
2/ Hating the narrator's and the MC's voice from Wonder Boy >< cause it was hard for me to understand them at times;;; Sometimes he would speak so frickin fast as if he's rapping a whole book and sometimes he just wouldn't speak clearly ;~;
3/ Getting so frustrated whenever Boyfriend updates ever so late at night/morning;;; and when I say morning, I mean 2am morning. Either that, or they just update at the wrong times, i.e. when I'm at uni, studying, sleeping >_< Well... isn't this the case for all of their updates anyway... -___- Like from what I've noticed, they usually post updates around 9:30~11pm KST. And for me, being a girl who is living in the future (;D), it's really hard to keep up with it, especially if you're not a night person.
4/ Meeting other translators <333 특히 울 하나뿐인 현지현지 펭지마마 ㅋㅋ
5/ Being able to inspire other people and Bestfriend in learning the language. I never really thought that some Bestfriends would actually like to follow my footsteps in a way, if you get what I mean. I never really thought that I would be a big influence to anyone! And so when I heard words like this for the first time, "I'm currently studying Korean because I was inspired by you and your ability to learn Korean by self studying. I want to be just like you..." I was SO shocked! I didn't know what to say, nor think! My Korean is still lacking by a lot. But despite that, people actually see and appreciate these small little things that I do - translating Boyfriend's updates for Int'l fans to understand. I.. I got so touched by these messages that I thought I would cry. And also, when I heard things like "You know, there was A LOT of people who looked for you during KCON '13. They really wanted to meet youngmineekkeo." I was so surprised. I thought to myself, , 'People ACTUALLY wanted to meet me? Why? WHY? I'm just a nobody in the fandom.. I'm no one special.' And that's when I realised.. that my translations DO help a lot of International fans, that my efforts were not going waste, and that people actually appreciate what I do. I have made a right choice.
How do you feel when someone posts your translation without crediting you?
If it's not a major translation (like just a few words/phrase), then I'm fine with it. But if it's translations for staff diary updates, interviews, magazines and long materials as such, I feel really really really bad and I feel like all my hard work has gone to waste.
As you know, I try very hard to post translations on a real-time basis, to the point that I would even translate real-time updates on the train on the way home after such a long and tiring day in university, just to keep all the Bestfriends up to date with BF's whereabouts. And to see people taking advantage of my hard work, I feel irritated; I even thought about quitting at one point. But then I thought about it. If I quit, if us translators quit, who else would translate all these updates for International Fans?
You seems to know about how to use Boyfriend Daum Fancafe, do you have any tips for Bestfriend about the fancafe?
At first, I really didn't know how to use the fancafe, and I knew little Korean^^; So I just explored it, clicking randomly here and there, and eventually got the hang of it.
(Bestfriends, please check the FANCAFE TUTORIAL written by Bea HERE)
What is your favorite Boyfriend song?
Oh gosh this is a hard question. um.. I really like all of their songs (like duh who doesn't), especially the ones from their Love Style album. It's my favourite album contents/song wise. Anyway if I would have to pick one song, I would have to say One Day^^ Though I also like Superhero.. Oh and Mystery too!! And Soulmate!!! Wait.. wasn't I suppose to pick just one song?? Oopsies ^^;
What song/album you recommend to someone who doesn’t know Boyfriend?
I'd recommend Boyfriend's first mini album - Love Style. I really love all the songs included in the album and in my opinion, it is their best one up to date. Though Janus full album is good as well.
What video would you recommend to a newbie Bestfriend to enjoy?
I would recommend they watch Boyfriend's W Academy, like the whole show. It shows all the members' true and quirky personalities so, I think it'll be a good start in knowing each of the members.
What do you think of Boyfriend new concept, Obsession?
It's a sin for them to be this good-looking. No but seriously, I'm feel really proud seeing the whole process of how they matured, how they reached where they currently are.
Now that Boyfriend have individual twitter account, do you think it will make your translating work more difficult? Or are you excited to see what they will share with us via their personal twitter?
I think it's both. it'd be a bit challenging cause that means 6 to 7 different updates in one time (BF personal and group twitter), but then with this 'freedom' they'd be able to post anything they want to share with the fans. I find it interesting^^
What is your most memorable moment in following Boyfriend?
I hope I can answer more than once ㅋㅋ^^
1/ When Boyfriend won the Golden Disk Award back in 2011. Seeing Boyfriend all teary-eyed with a smile plastered along their faces while they make their acceptance speech just made me think about all the hard work they've done in order to achieve this award that can only be won once. They have trained under strict rules and environment for such a long period of time, and was only driven by their strong passion of becoming an artist. And now that they've created this massive milestone in their careers by winning that award, I was so happy and proud of what they have achieved that I actually cried along with them (though they held back their tears). I think that was a really beautiful moment that needs to be treasured for a long time.
2/ The glorious release of their teaser photos for each of their upcoming albums. I think everyone could agree that teaser photos just makes all your feels go wild, especially when they have a comeback after having such a long break from their last promotional cycle. Am I right, or am I right? Cause I know I completely lost it when Youngmin's teaser photo for Janus came out. I literally cried for joy and frustration; Joy cause they're finally making a comeback, and Frustration because Jo Youngmin was looking ever so perfect in that photo, making me lose my mind all together. This goes with the release of their I Yah teaser photos as well.
3/ Being able to participate in Boyfriend's Guerilla fanchat back in May 2013. Back then, I literally didn't know how to use the fancafe that well, and my Korean was SOOOOOOOO bad and insufficient as I was just getting back into learning Korean seriously after 2 years of not learning (Stopped on 2011, continued studying in 2013). This is how I actually got to know how to use and navigate through the fancafe- by exploring it without knowing anything. I just learned through my mistakes and experiences basically.
And so, I got sooooooo lost. I didn't even know where the chatrooms were! I only knew how to join one after searching it in google (oh google my best bud). Then when I got to the chatting place, there were HEAPS of chatrooms available that I got so confused as to which one was the legit one. There were so many of them that it got buried down at the bottom of the list ><
4/ Getting in trouble from Boyfriend's Fancafe Manager, Manager Lee, herself. That was a horrifying experience. Well not really, I just can't handle getting in trouble well. It's nothing major so it's alright ahahahha I understood where she was coming from and I was in the wrong so, it was fine. She's really nice actually^^ And now Boyfriend's Fancafe Manager actually knows my existence. Once step closer to Boyfriend.
5/ MEETING ALL YOU WONDERFUL BESTFRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD <3333333
Beside translating Boyfriend updates, Bea is also busy studying in college, pursuing not just one, but a dual degree in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business. Isn’t that amazing? If those aren’t enough to keep her busy, she still manages to enjoy her passion of dancing and singing. You can check her dance covers at her youtube channel featuring her latest dance cover for Boyfriend’s Obsession.
If you want her to keep translating, please respect her works, always credit and say thank you. Message her anytime, she is a wonderful Bestfriend!