Monday, 26 December 2011

[English Translation] Daum article dated 2011/11/28

Posted by: huhuhuhu @The Cloud here

This is late, and probably nothing we don't know about our prince, but I think it is worth reading!


posted at 2011/11/28 by 닥터콜

English translation by: huhuhuhu@raincloudhk

Rain, impressed all his colleagues with surprising adaptability to military life; Jung Jihoon - synonym to Effort

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If you think about it, Rain’s late 20s seemed to be filled with sarcastic comments on “to go or not to go to the army”.  Whenever any news came up related to Rain, people would start to give sarcastic remarks about him as if he was someone who would certainly be exempted from army duty.  Rain’s late 20s was therefore covered with cuts and bruises. Netizens had set their minds as if Rain would surely use tricks in order to avoid military duty.  Because of their relentless gossips I didn’t know since when I had also assumed that he would not go to the army, and that even if he went, he would try hard not to follow the normal procedures. So when surprisingly the news came out that Rain would really report to the army as an active-duty soldier, I didn’t even feel ashamed for having such ugly thoughts previously.  

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One day, a friend passed an internet news to me with a remark “Rain is really cool”.  I was wondering “Is he crazy?” Here was a guy who usually grinds his teeth and treated Rain as if he was an enemy. Moreover, coming from a family who had served the navy, he was not really impressed by military lives of the average celebrities. So what exactly had someone done and what news had he clicked and read that made his mouth wide open with amazement, which hadn’t happened for a long time, and made him feel moved about Rain again, like he did 7 years ago?

It was announced on 14th (October) that Rain would serve his duty at the recruit training centre of the No. 5 Infantry Division, also known as “The Key Troop”.  As the name indicated it occupied an important position, with its roots dated back to the Korean war period.  Since the time of the ex President Lee Seung Man it got the name “No. 1 Troop in the World”, which showed its history of playing an active role in the army.  The Key Troop where Rain would be going is at the very front line of the GOP.  The location of the No. 5 Infantry division is right under the barbed wire of Yeoncheon County, where winter temperature could drop below -15 and the hot summer was close to a heat wave with temperature above 38.  Such is the harsh environment of its location.  In a word, Rain would be receiving hell of a training.   

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However, despite being older in comparison and being with recruits who had never enjoyed the social life of a celebrity; and despite his handicap of not being able to follow the normal process, the team work he had with the recruits and the beautiful records he had achieved could only amaze one with wide opened mouth.

In the first week when there was a reward and penalty system, Rain was the only one of all the members who met the 15 points requirement and received a reward.  His day time rifle score was 19 out of 20, and night time score was 10 out of 10.  He passed both the measured rifle score and the training rifle score in one go and achieved full marks, which earned him the recognition of First Class Marksman and made him one of the top 3 recruits.

Other than physical stamina and training results, Rain’s superior leadership and his good character made him stand out and being chosen as a Teaching Assistant of the No. 5 Division Recruits Training Team.  His extraordinary achievement was more than that.  After being with the army for just 5 weeks as a recruit, he was named Special Warrior.  To be chosen as a Special Warrior, a soldier had to achieve not only a day, night time rifle score above 90% and completed a 30km marching, he also had to be in top grade physically in terms of push up, sit up and 3 km run, and achieved above 70% level in all subjects of training.  These could be said as almost unbearable levels, but Rain, amongst the more than 130 recruits, was No. 2 in his overall results and was named Special Warrior.  

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“Rain’s excellent rifle skill and his stamina, as well as his leading by example attitude has made him a model for the other recruits”

Like what the army personnel had said, other than Rain’s ability and physical stamina, his leading by example attitude had inspired the other recruits and made him their model.  His unusual leadership could be seen from the fact that these men, who were usually seen as unenthusiastic, were full of praise about him.  “Jihoon hyung is nice.  Just like the brother next door.  Nice next door brother.” “Jihoon hyung is amazing, he’s nice and cool, like the big brother next door, but externally he is really a world star”.

As very few celebrities joined the army as active-duty soldiers, celebrities who did so could solve one of the three most sensitive problems they faced with the netizens, who had taken it to be their right to talk about anything celebrities did.  
However, it had lost its effect as a result of the recent loud noises made by some celebrities who went in as active-duty recruits.  Because of stars who thought they were superior and peers who acted in a 4th dimensional way as if they wished to attract harm, there were situations that it only brought more insult to some celebrities when they went as  active-duty recruits.

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When I looked at the amazing achievements Rain had maintained, and when I watched him in crisp military discipline in one TV program and saw his eyes when he flashed a quick look at the camera, for a long while I felt great respect not to the singer, but to the man Jung Jihoon.  Such respect was not because he joined the army.  Rather, it was because of his attitude that he would do his best whatever position he is in, an attitude which is worth emulating.  My respect to him was because such attitude really signified all the successes Jung Jihoon had achieved during these periods.

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When I looked at Rain, I felt that the name Jung Jihoon is the synonym of effort.  The level of “effort” he put in was precisely the person he had emerged today.  His image of doing his best no matter when and where was certainly not trick playing. Instead, it is a determination not to have the feeling of laziness because I am a star, it is Ok to relax a bit now.  From the young man with cute smiling eyes 7 years ago to being called world star now who will begin his 30s, he has never changed to do his best, and is putting the word “effort” into practice from head to toe.

Rain said before he worked hard for two reasons: poverty and his mother.  He talked about an incident during his difficult days.  As he drank the barley tea he got from his bedside, he chewed something pungent and thought they were barley seeds.  When he lighted up to look, they were actually cockroach eggs hatched in the tea.  Still it tasted delicious to him.  I still remember vividly now the bitter smile on his face as he told the story.

Because of poverty, he could barely afford a 3 minute seaweed soup sold in the convenience store for his sick mother, who suffered great agony and died as she could not receive proper medical treatment.  To his mother, Rain still has a sense of guilt which looms inside him.

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“I still feel the regret and the sense of guilt.  Now I could open up and talk about it, but the agony was just indescribable when you couldn’t cure an illness because of financial difficulties.”

The way that Rain always does his best in everything makes one feel that he is the synonym of effort.  The fact that he has become a living witness of living faithfully is also the fact that he always remembers the agony of poverty and having a guilty feeling towards his mother.   

I respect the man Jung Jihoon from my heart.   As a matter of fact, before someone actually achieves it, it is almost impossible for a person to demonstrate enormous self control and utmost sincerity whenever and whatever position he is in.  That’s why I respect him.  It is not because he joined the army.   Whether he goes to the army or not is not important.   His mind has gone deep inside his body and he will not let it get rusted.   Such determination is astonishing and one cannot but show admiration.   It was not because of the military constitution.  Wherever the place was, he probably was still at his best.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

RAIN ~ Our Special Warrior

From Yonhap News
Translation by rain bird taken from @CloudUnite's tweet

[NEWS/TRANS] 2011.11.06 #Rain is chosen as a first-class marksman, displaying a superb shooting performance during the rifle drills.

Rain received a perfect score in day and evening rifle drills, each.

Singer and actor Rain who entered the military last 11th, has been chosen as a first-class marksman, displaying a superb shooting performance during the rifle drills.

According to the material submitted by the Ministry of Defense released on the 6th, 19 of 20 targets and 10 of 10 went down before Rain's shooting at a training camp for recruits, called 'Key', on the day and night of the 26, respectively, and he received a perfect score.

Usually, over 18 of 20 shots and over 9 of 10 are admitted as perfect scores on day and night shoots, each.

Ahead of his release from the boot camp upcoming 14th, Rain has been included in the top 3 of those having over 60% accuracy rate of 140 recruits who participated in the exercises, so he is likely to be a special warrior.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Rain has army fans

By Syahida Kamarudin | From Cinema Online Exclusively for Yahoo! NewsroomThu, Oct 27, 2011

27 Oct – It has only been a month since Rain's enlistment in the military, but his army mates have been singing nothing but praises for the star, according to kpopfever.

Some of the letters sent home by the new army recruits who have undergone basic military training with Rain have been posted online.

A soldier wrote, "There are celebrities who take sick leave all the time, but Rain is different. He goes through all the training that he is told to do."

Other soldiers said "He is like a friendly neighbourhood brother. But a cool one", and "If we got 15 points in a week, we'd be allowed to make a 3 to 5 minute phone call; he earned almost all by himself."

There were also funny comments like "The food is terrible, but if a world star can eat it, I should too," and "I am the guy who spends every day beside Rain. I see him in the day and sleep beside him at night."

On 24 October, Rain posted on the recruit school blog that "the age gap between me and the others is seven years at the least and eleven years at the most. I've become a counsellor to the rest," suggesting a strong sense of brotherhood between him and the rest of his colleagues.


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

[Learning Korean] Level 1 Lesson 4 - 6

Lesson 4 / I’m sorry, Excuse me / 죄송합니다, 저기요

After listening to this lesson, you can say “I’m sorry.” or “Excuse me.” in Korean. You will also learn how to say “Excuse me. Let me pass.” when you have to walk through a crowd of people. While it is simple to memorize just one phrase for each case, it is not so simple after all because even the same expression cannot always be applied to the same situation between English and Korean. Want to find out why? Listen in now!

Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.
You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

Level 1 Lesson 6 / What is this?, This is …. / 이거, 이거 뭐예요?

In this lesson you can review a little bit of what you learned in the previous lesson (very important stuff!). And you can also learn how to say “this” in Korean, how to ask “What is this?” and how to answer with “This is ABC.”
“This” = 이거 [i-geo] or 이것 [i-geot]
“What is this?” = 이거 뭐예요? [i-geo mwo-ye-yo?]
Listen to the lesson to learn more about these important words and phrases, and if you have any questions or feedback, as always, make sure you post them in the comment for this lesson. Thank you! 감사합니다. ^_^
You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

Source: TTMIK

RAIN's 1st Letter for Clouds from Training Camp

Posted by huhuhuhu @TheCloud

Our prince has written to us at the military cafe!!!!

Korean to Chinese translation by:

Chinese to English by: huhuhuhu

Hello, this is Division 12 Unit 2 No. 1 trainee soldier Jihoon.  Right now I have some time to write to you.  I read all your letters.  Thank you so much.  I gain great strength receiving letters from you here.  I get on well with my team mates.  There are things which I can't appreciate in the society but I could appreciate keenly here.  Therefore I am very grateful hehehe

The age difference between me and my team mates here is from 11 the youngest to 7 the oldest.  Therefore I have totally become their special counselor.  Anyway, I am now receiving education in master brand No. 5 infantry.  Although sometimes I feel lonely, exhausted, and sometimes cold and hungry, I feel happy living a simple life with occasional small joy in a different environment.  So please don't worry about me.

I read your letters, so please don't worry.  Oh, I have to receive training now so I will stop here.  My hand writing has always been bad so I hope you will excuse this.

2011.10.23. Jung Jihoon

[English Translation] Papa Jung's 'advice' to RAIN's Cloud on Twitter

kichun jung
kichun jung

우리집 정원에 나무들이 불긋불긋 노릿노릿 물들었어요 감나무에 감들이 노랏게익어갑니다. 팬여러분 안녕하시죠? 지훈이가 군대간지2주가 지나갑니다 많이 걱정해주시고 .참으로 감사합니다 저도 많이좋아졌어요 걱정많이 했거든요 팬여러분들게 부탁드릴게 있어요
The leaves on the trees in our garden have turned yellow and red.

The persimmon tree is laden with persimmons getting mature.
All of Rain's fans, are you doing well?
It’s been about two weeks since my son 'Ji Hoony' (Rain) enlisted in the army.
Thank you for your concern and support, and I was really worried about him, but now I’m feeling a whole lot better. By the way, I wish to ask a favor of you.

kichun jung
kichun jung

열쇠부대카페에편지쓰는것은 조금만줄여주시고 손편지(사서함)를 해주시면 더 좋을것같아요 불편하고 시간이걸리지만 또 다른 재미도 있을것 같네요. 감사하고 또 감사함니다. - Rain's Father 정기춘.

I think you need cut down a little on the frequency of your letters on the unit Key cafe (blog) and it is better you write to him at the Army PO box address given.
It may take longer to write to him at the PO box than to post to the message board, but I think it'll be interesting in its own way.
Thank you always.
From Rain's father 'Jung Ki Choon'

English translation by rain bird.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Letters and parcels to Rain

By huhuhuhu

For overseas fans who want to write letters to Rain, here is the address. (There were 2 versions given, both are the same – 8210 Army = No. 5 Division)

1. (486 -859)경기도 연천군 연천읍 상1리 사서함 106-16호 8210부대 3대대 12중대 2소대 1번 정지훈 훈련병
Phonetic address in English:

Gyeonggi-Do Yeoncheon-gun, Yeoncheon-eup, Sang1ri po box 106-16, 8210 budae 3 daedae 12 joongdae 2 sodae no.1 Jung JiHoon 486-859, South Korea

2. (486 -859) 경기도 연천군 연천읍 상1리 사서함 106-16호 5사단 35연대 3대대 12중대 2소대 1번 정지훈 훈련병
Phonetic address in English:
Gyeonggi-Do Yeoncheon-gun, Yeoncheon-eup, Sang1ri po box 106-16, 5sadan 35 yeondae 3daedae 12 joongdae 2sodae no.1 Jung JiHoon 486-859, South Korea

It seems that it is recommended that letters should be sent by ordinary airmail instead of via DHL or EMS (I guess to avoid the officers having to sign frequently on the courier envelopes as they expect many letters from fans…)

Food items or magazines should not be included in the letters. (Not sure if photographs are allowed. The advice is just letters to guarantee delivery.)

As we know, the training will be for 5 weeks (and 1 week has already past.) The above address is valid during this period. Afterwards the address will be different depending on which unit our prince will be assigned to. So if you want to send your letter to our prince, please do so without delay as delivery could take as long as 2 or 3 weeks to reach him.

There will be an extended training of 3 weeks for certain type of soldiers. We will not know if this will apply to our prince until his assignment has come out after the 5 weeks training.

The Army’s café has a letter section and registered members will be able to access the café and post their messages/letters to the recruits.

Unfortunately you have to register with either a Korean ID or an overseas residence ID. The café is heavily loaded with letters to our prince and this has probably created a lot of work for the officers. They have printed out 2 lots of letters already (for all recruits, but the bulk is addressed to our prince.)

If you cannot access the café, you could leave your message/letter at the Cloud Letter section at the Cloud: Letter

The Executive will coordinate to have these letters delivered to our prince.


Parcels of food and other supplies can be sent to our prince after his training (5 weeks or 8 weeks depending on the circumstances). It seems though that parcels from close relationships (family members, lovers, close friends etc.) may be allowed even during the training period, so let’s hope Hana’s parcel will reach our prince!

Many of us may wish to send our own items chosen specifically for our prince. However it may be advisable we do this in a coordinated way – to avoid our prince getting a lot of similar things all at the same time and then nothing at another time. It may be good to send in items not just for our prince but for his team members as well so that they could all share – and a group effort will allow us to buy more items.

If you want to form a group, or if you have a fan club that wishes to send in a parcel to our prince, Korean clouds will be able to help coordinate this. Please send me a message and I will follow up with you.

Photos of the No 2 unit, 12th Division

The officer of the unit has posted a number of photographs at their café but there is no photo of our prince… From the photos it looks like the recruits are doing well – and that’s the feedback Korean fans have gathered about our prince too. We hope very soon the army will decide to publish some photos of our prince!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

[INFO] World Cloud and Good Neighbors Charity Project

Posted by: huhuhuhu @The Cloud

Some of you may have remembered that we made a donation in the name of Rain’s World Clouds to Good Neighbors in September 2010 to commemorate Rain’s return to the TV screen via “The Fugitive, Plan B”. There had been positive media report about this.

What you may not know was that we had also invited 370 children from Good Neighbors various centres to the Adieu concert in Seoul at the end of 2010. We did that quietly at that time as time was short and people had just made their contributions.

Tickets for the concert:
클릭하시면 확대된 이미지를 보실 수 있습니다.
We also provided them with a healthy snack

클릭하시면 확대된 이미지를 보실 수 있습니다.
클릭하시면 확대된 이미지를 보실 수 있습니다.
We believed the children all had a good time

클릭하시면 확대된 이미지를 보실 수 있습니다.
We would like to do this again for the Best Show in Seoul and hope we could invite as many kids as possible (we have heard that they are very eager to go). It would be good if this could be a World Clouds project even though we know the time is short, and we know that many of us have spent a lot of money going to the various concerts. We believe this is a very meaningful event and we hope to have your support.

This project is again done on individual basis and is not an official Cloud project. We are grateful that our Hawaiian Cloud sisters have agreed to help us with the collection. If you wish to make a donation, please send your payment by paypal to the following account: We hope to receive the donation by 22 September at the latest.

If you do not have paypal and would like to make a donation, please contact me at or Vicky at We will do our best to help.

If the donation amount allows, we may also send a rice garland in the name of Rain’s World Clouds on the day of the concert. The Cloud Executive has issued a notice about this. Fans are welcome to send in rice garlands individually or as a fan group. Link to the website address to order the rice garland is: Again, if you need help to organize the rice garlands please contact us.

On behalf of the Good Neighbors’ kids, we thank you in advance for your generosity and support.

For our love of Rain – One World, One Love

Friday, 19 August 2011

[Learning Korean] Level 1 Lesson 1 - 3

Lesson 1 / Hello, Thank you / 안녕하세요, 감사합니다

Welcome to the very first lesson at! If you are an absolute beginner of the Korean language, start with this lesson and practice with us. Don’t worry if you do not know how to read and write in Korean yet. We will guide you through every step of learning Korean. In this lesson, you can learn how to say “Hello.” and “Thank you.” in Korean.
Hello.” is “안녕하세요. [an-nyeong-ha-se-yo]” and “Thank you.” is “감사합니다. [gam-sa-hap-ni-da]” If you already know how to say these expressions, listen to the lesson to find out how to say them most naturally. If you can make a video of yourself saying these expressions, that would be FANTASTIC!

Lesson 2 / Yes, No, What? / , 아니요, ?

After listening to this lesson, when you are asked a YES/NO question, you will be able to answer that question with either YES or NO in Korean.
. [ne] = Yes.
아니요. [aniyo] = No.
But in Korean, when people say “”, it is not the same as saying “Yes.” in English. The same goes for “아니요” too. This is because the Korean “” expresses your “agreement” to what the other person said. And “아니요” expresses your “disagreement” or “denial” to what the other person said.
Please read more about it in the PDF file attached to this lesson.

Lesson 3 / Good-bye, See you / 안녕히 가세요, 안녕히 계세요, 안녕
After listening to this lesson, you can say “Good-bye” or “See you” in Korean. In polite/formal Korean, there are two basic ways to say Good-bye.
One is when you are the one who is leaving. And the other is when you are the one who is staying.
If you are leaving, and the other person is (or the other people are) staying, you can say:
안녕히 계세요. [an-nyeong-hi gye-se-yo]
If you are staying, an the other person is (or the other people are) leaving, you can say:
안녕히 가세요. [an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo]
Please read more about this in the PDF file attached to this lesson.

Source: TTMIK

Thursday, 18 August 2011

[Learning Korean] Practicing

K ㅔ/ㅐ AE
T ㅖ/ㅒ YAE
P 왜/외 OAE


Red 빨간
Blue 파란색
Yellow 노란색
Green 초록색
Brown 갈색
Purple 자주색
Black 검은색
White 흰색

Summer 여름
Fall 가을
Winter 겨울

Are you well?
Have you eaten?
I still haven’t eaten.
식사 하셨어요?

아직은 못 먹었어요.
It’s Okay/ I’m Okay 괜찮아요
I’m sorry.
Don’t mention it.
How much is this?
It’s 5000 won.
이것은 얼마예요?
Where is the washroom?
Go outside, it’s on your left.
화장실 어디예요?
밖에 나가서 왼쪽에 있어요
What’s your name?
My name is John.
이름이 뭐예요?
제 이름이 존예요
Where are you from?
I came from Canada.
어디에서 왔어요?
캐나다에서 왔어요
How Can I help you?
A cup of coffee please.
뭘 드릴까요?
커피 한잔 주세요

Source: Official KTO