[16/91 weeks done][Song of the week] 비 Yourself Open Thread for 1/31 – 2/6.

(You know, it feels like I might have used this picture for an Open Thread before… but as I sit here gazing at it, as God is my witness, I really don’t care. ^__^)

» You can visit the previous Open Thread HERE. And of course, don’t forget that our Cloud USA Forum is a most excellent place for Rain love, fan communication, and self-expression.

By the way — have you left a message for JiHoon on The Cloud today?

» Our Project page for newbies on how to register for and USE the Official Cloud Rain Fan Club site in S.Korea is HERE.)


The Yellow Ribbon for Rain Brigade continues to travel along its tracks like a train with no brakes. Ain’t no fan like a Rain fan, and here’s the proof. Be proud, everyone. Keep racking them up and spreading the word! Thanks for supporting JiHoon and for showing him how very much he is loved.

You can see Private JiHoon’s first letter to his Clouds and fans HERE, in our previous post. ♥

There are two options for sending snail-mail to JiHoon presently. For information on where to send handwritten cards and letters to him in the military, please see our previous posts HERE (military) and HERE (military, official site notice). For cards, letters, and any gifts, do see our post HERE (office admin).


SONG OF THE WEEK: “Slowly”, the B-side of Rain’s first Japanese single release “Sad Tango” (January 2006). Yes, yes, yes, more Rain singing in sexy Japanese, with Spanish subs for our Latin sisters. Released in Japan instead of Korea, and we can certainly see why. His hometown censors would have ridden him out of town on a rail over this one. You’re just straight up BAM in the middle of doing it, and it is glorious. @__@ ♥

I know that there are already English lyrics out there, but I don’t like them. There’s nothing wrong with them really, they’re just too direct-translated and not natural enough speech-wise to my taste for this dripping wet and utterly amazing song. If you’d like, you can take a look at my loose translation of “Slowly” HERE, on our Lyrics Page 4.  Mm. Lord have mercy.

Video courtesy of  SaBriNaPV @YT. (You can also find this video to your right, at the very top of our media blog sidebar.)


Looks like Baby Boy is back from having a little bit of R&R. Good for him. So funny how the media makes a big deal about the black mask/muffler thing… Of course he was wearing that, silly people. That’s what you do when it’s colder than hell outside, unless you want your face to freeze off. It just so happens that it also works well in helping him be obscure and just “one of the guys.” When people know that it’s Rain standing over there, he has to be “on stage” and aware of every little thing he does and says, even while enlisted. He can’t even scratch an itch without knowing a picture or an account of him scratching will end up in all the social media across the planet either now or later.

I can bet you JiHoon treasures his alone time these days (when he’s absolutely completely alone with no one anywhere around him) like gold, because those are the only times he can truly exhale and not be a perfect human being. I also think he’s found a few friends in the service who make him laugh and keep him from swinging about in the wind on his own like a wind chime. He has that effect on people—draws them in like a magnet. Just my buck-fifty.

Rain is Eternal. Where clouds stay gathered, rain will always come. It is inevitable.

— Stephe ^@@^

~ by Cloud USA on January 31, 2012.

16 Responses to “[16/91 weeks done][Song of the week] 비 Yourself Open Thread for 1/31 – 2/6.”

  1. not sure which pic is the subject here..but I’m pretty sure i saw it already along with everyone else as I check here and twitter daily for any news or pictures

    neener, neener…so take that, person who made the stink!…..lol


  2. Ok, password protected post. Somebody’s really funny tonight. Stephe?…Terri?….which one of you is it….Hmm? (SMILES)


    • Sorry, I had to protect the post, because apparently that photo shouldn’t have been published. That is what I was pissed off about on Twitter–in case you noticed.

      So sorry. Hope you all grabbed it while you could. This whole situation is ridiculous in the first place. It was a crappy picture anyway. LOL.

      Terri :-}


      • Nope I didn’t get to see it anyway. Oh well. (SMILES)


        • Well it’s on The Cloud photo board. That’s the first place I saw it, and it’s still there (as of this moment).


          Yeah, like Terri said, it was no prize-winning shot. Nice, but nothing special, certainly nothing for anybody to be making a stink about when it comes to Rain. Give me a break.(I’m not talking about the owner of it, not at all. I have no beef with him.)

          Stephe ^@@^


          • I don’t get it. He’s a famous guy that is used to people taking pics of him. Apparently he WANTS people to take pics of him because all of a sudden, he’s in pics with everyone and their dogs. He’s in commercials galore right now and he doesn’t want anyone to forget him. How is it possible that he doesn’t want his pics being seen by everyone?? There’s pics of Heechul and Hyun Bin all over the net and they’re in the military too. What’s the difference?

            Moral of the story: If you don’t want everyone to see your pic of Rain, don’t tweet it.

            Sorry for my rant… just annoyed right now.


          • Yeah, I just saw it. You’re right, nothing to write home about. (SMILES)


  3. Can there be anything more beautiful in this world? His voice, without the music.. This is the first time I hear so and have been totally in love…and the lyrics of the song, well, here…. he is sweetly telling as…. :$ ♥


  4. OMG!! That pict. with long hair…swoon… +.+ Slowly, ok now I’m in heaven, enough said.!!! Thanks for posting!! 🙂


  5. Lord yes…..how I love these pictures and this song, thank you Stephe.


  6. Guurrl, it’s raining today in my neck of the woods. Now, you KNOW what kinda mood a “Rainy” day can put you in???……”Dat’s right”……(SMILES). So, I really don’t appreciate you putting SLOWLY on my mind right now….then again…maybe I do. (SMILES)

    *Side Note* – Are people tripping about the black scarf/muffler around his neck….like…for real?? I really hate to say it, but I’m gonna. People can be real simpletons sometimes…I mean truly. To make a “issue”(Overly Intense observance) out of the smallest of things is just crazy to me. I know some people want to think JiHoon comes from another planet and he’s otherworldly, but alas he’s just from planet Earth like the rest of us mere mortals. If your @ss gets cold, so do his. Geez! I don’t blame him, I’d try to be “incognito” too if I could sometimes. People are SCARY in the “coo coo for cocoa puffs” sense. (SMILES)

    You’re right, he had better not get up and have to pull his underwear out of his butt cheeks….Good Mercy…people might take to the streets on that one! (SMILES)


  7. *speechless*


  8. Aww~ what a beautiful voice. His voice is a great musical instrument itself, isn’t it? His voice is so special and different than others. What a gift, Rain!
    Thank you so much, Stephe, for sharing this! I love you so muchhhhh~ ^_~+


  9. Love the pictures…love the song! and I think you are absolutely “in tune” with what its probably like for him as far as the media making a big deal out of everything. Sometimes I think he should just be left alone to finish his service but on the other hand, I’m so thankful to get any news or pictures as I am one who needs a Rain “fix” everyday. Hahaaaa! the man is like a drug to me.

    And Stephe..its good to have you back..I hope that you and Jim and the rest of your family are doing well, and I continue to pray for your strength everyday.



  10. My sweet Jesus.

    Without the music. Just his voice. Oh my lord.

    I was looking for any excuse to put this up again, so those who still haven’t heard it yet, here you go. @________@

    Stephe ^@@^


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