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15.04.26 Staff Diary JO TWINS' 21ST BIRTHDAY PROJECT

Jo Twins Youngmin Kwangmin Birthday Project Staff diary

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#1 Suminnie


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 04:25 PM

Hellooo Bestfriends~


The Jo Twins birthday project is finally complete! It wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful contributions from Caitlyn, Gina, Lauren, Vel, Hyunminchii, and Tsoul so a very special thank you to them~ Thank you to everyone who donated, participated in the project event sale, and submitted your videos. We couldn’t have done it without all of you coming together to help us celebrate our dear twins birthday.




It all started with the custom hat we originally wanted to give to Kwangmin for Christmas last year. It arrived in the mail about a week after we sent out the Christmas project and we still wanted to give it to him so we figured their birthday would be the perfect time! With that in mind, we decided to make all of their gifts twin-like and matching, so we ordered a hat for Youngmin that looked exactly like Kwangmin’s but in black instead. To make the hats a little more special (since the New Era website doesn’t allow you to add custom text) I took the hats to the mall to have their initials embroidered on the side!




(please forgive the terrible lighting in the rest of the pictures… ㅠㅠ)


We wanted to send them other gifts in addition to the hats, so after much debate and consideration over the budget we decided to send them a special music playlist, get books translated in Korean, and plushies! The Little Prince actually came as a two-book set! One is translated into Korean and the other is in English. Hehe maybe it’ll help our dear twins improve their English? Our plushie choice was decided based on a poll that we posted on the forum twitter page. Thank you to everyone who participated~






But we didn’t want to just send them gifts. Our project needed an element that included Bestfriends as well. It had to be different, something interesting, but allowed Bestfriends to communicate with the twins, so we decided on video messages! We debated over project names for a couple days, but couldn’t really decide on anything so we stuck with Bestfriend TV.  


All of the video messages that Bestfriends sent in were put in a folder on this cute Olaf USB drive with the playlists for Youngmin and Kwangmin each separated into their own folders. Originally I ordered a USB drive on Amazon that looked like Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. It was super cute, but when I tried to plug it into my computer I discovered that it was too wide for some reason! Unfortunately I had to return it, but when I went to the store to find a replacement I was determined to find one that looked cute. When I saw the Olaf flash drive I knew it’d be the perfect replacement since all of the boys seem to like Frozen (and his arms move!!)




On top of all that, additional gifts were sent to me by other Bestfriends to add to our special birthday package! Caitlyn sent us her carefully picked out and adorably packaged gifts for the twins and Vel sent the custom-made cushions she ordered for the twins!







I was prepping and packing all of the music, videos, and gifts for about 2 days prior to the actual day I shipped it (which ended up being delayed a day because of that Stitch USB incident ><), but it really came down to the last minute. When I finally packed it all up, it was about 4:20 PM and the post office window at the grocery store closed at 5:00 PM so I rushed to get it all in my car and drive down there. Two people walked past me really quickly to jump in line in front of me and the wait took forever even though there were only 4 people in front of me. I managed to make it up to the window about 10 minutes before closing only for the clerk to tell me that they don’t take international packages or boxes over 2lbs! The post office closes at the same time and it was about 10 minutes away… I really didn’t think I was going to make it. I got into the parking lot 2 minutes after 5:00, but I saw someone run in before me and someone else walking out. So I raced into the post office and everyone was so nice there! The woman who I saw parking all crazy and running into the post office let me go in front of her and one of the workers helped me get one of the clear packing envelopes for my customs forms.


Thankfully I was able to get it shipped out on the 17th and the package arrived safely on the 21st!




In addition, with the help of Gina’s extremely generous donation, we were able to order a cake for the boys as well!






Thank you again for everyone’s support, participation, and contributions! Hopefully we’ll get to see the boys sporting their new hats (and everything else!) together soon~




Project Managers: Jasmine (Suminnie) & Kelly (leejeongminnie)

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 05:00 PM

I'm glad that I was able to help out! Unfortunately, my mom found out about the amount that I donated, but other than that, I'm so happy that the cake turned out to be pretty~!!
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#3 jhayeminwoo


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 05:03 PM

Daebakkkk! :)

Chukahaeyo Project Managers.

You've worked hard for this Project.

I wish they will use the hats and I will be soooo proud if I saw it atleast once that they use it.

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#4 smudgebaby


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:01 PM

PLUSLE AND MINUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
shoooo cute ;~~~;

The caps and the cushions, all seem so might comfortable
I hope they use the gift often ^___^ Thanks for all your hard work :D

/will they fight over the Korean version of The Little Prince HOHOHO/
(you read the english one) (no, you) (no, you) lololol

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#5 leejeongminnie


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:42 PM

Cheers to completing this project! I hope the twins liked our project and their gifts haha~ It already makes me so happy bc kwangmin wore our first hat from before!^^

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#6 Daphne


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 01:08 AM

Wow! Just WOW! Thank you for doing this! Project Managers daebak!  :D Bestfriends daebak!  :D

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#7 myonlyweakness 0892

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:31 AM

 I hope we will get to see them using their gifts. I am sure the twins will love their gifts and Bestfriend TV. :)

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 08:49 AM

Ahhh, Jasmine! You did such a great job! I have such mad respect for all of you guys who do this stuff; you work so hard to send the boys our love. ;v; Thanks so much for letting me send stuff~ Everything looks super cute, and I'm sure they really appreciate it. I hope they use our gifts~

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#9 devin_sora



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Posted 27 April 2015 - 02:40 PM

Woooooww!!! That's really cool.. The project and all bestfriends... The coordinators really can manage it well.. I'm 100% sure that the twins really love their presents from Imyourbestfriends.com  ^_^ 

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#10 tsoul



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Posted 23 May 2015 - 02:10 PM

Great job!
The project turned out great! I love the Olaf USB drive it is extreamly cute ^^

Thabk you for making this project possible and for showing boyfriend how much we all love them ^^
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