Chen’s First Ride’
Chen said that even though he was really busy with his own work, coming to Chuncheon made him happy. With the thought of being able to ride the wakeboard, he practiced squats for several days. “I thought that I would need strength in my legs and hips so I exercised before I came here. I heard that amateurs always just fall in the water, so my only goal for today is to stand up successfully. Haha.” Chen’s wakeboard teacher Park Sangmin said, “Since he is a dancer, I’m sure that he is very athletic. He will probably be able to learn how to wakeboard faster than others.”
When Chen arrived at the wakeboard practice field, the first thing he did was practice his hearing and vision. He went to the hearing and seeing practice room to learn the basics of wakeboarding. “The reason that so many amateurs can’t stand up on their first try is because they don’t know what it feels like. You have to try it for yourself,” said Park. “I get what you mean,” Chen said. During the class, he practiced standing up and changed into his wetsuit and surfing pants and put on his life jacket in preparation to ride the waves. “I feel like I’ll be able to do well now that I practiced it. I just want to enjoy the speed of riding around the water. I’m so excited!”
The first step of the practice was to grab a pole near the boat and stand up and usually amateurs practice this for about 30 minutes wither their teachers. When the boat approached, Chen splashed into the water and slowly swam towards the boat. When he grabbed the pole, the boat slowly began to speed up and everyone watched Chen. Chen was able to successfully stand up using the waves and the pull of the boat. Park Sangmin said, “Honestly, I didn’t expect that he would stand up in one try. There are rarely any amateurs who can do that. He is really athletic and strong.”
Now, the Real Practice!
“Even though I’m not tired, I thought I should rest. I have to use hips, thighs, and arm muscles, so it takes a lot of stamina. But of course I’m fine. Haha. ” Adding on to Chen, Park Sangmin says, “It’s similar to snowboarding but harder because of the strength to pull the boat. In everyday life, it is hard to experience those pulling forces in great speed. So it’s pretty amazing that you can handle the force.”
After rest, Chen went out to the lake again. Excited for Chen’s performance, Park hurried out too. This time, he had to follow behind the boat so he has to ride the “V” shaped wave. It’s faster than the speed during practice. Despite that, Chen easily did it skillfully during his first time. Even when he missed and fell into the lake, he thought, “It’s really fun,” and smiled constantly. The heat of the sun would burn the skin in just 20 minutes, but he said the water was cold. “I can still hear the waves vividly. The sound of the engine from the boat and the sound that swishes past my eardrums. I didn’t just enjoy the waves but also nature and youth, all the things that I realized today.” After today, Chen wants to continue this sport. Chen’s smile that delights spectators will start this summer.
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“What are their pet names?” … Taeyeon, Baekhyun, everything about their dating ’11’
Q: When did Taeyeon and Baekhyun start dating?
A: They first met in 2011. It was when SM took Baekhyun in as a trainee, and it is then when they started developing their friendship. They started liking each other last year, and they started their relationship in February.
Q: What do they like about each other?
A: Baekhyun was a fan of Taeyeon ever since he was a trainee. Taeyeon noticed Baekhyun the most out of the other EXO members. She liked his cute appearance and his perseverance. Taeyeon would look after Baekhyun when he would practice until early in the morning.
Q: What are their similarities?
A: Baekhyun has been a trainee for 7 months. Compared to EXO-K’s leader Suho’s 7 year life as a trainee, Baekhyun debuted very early which caused him a lot of stress. He realized he was lacking in many ways compared to the other members. Taeyeon became Baekhyun’s mentor. Baekhyun leaned on Taeyeon, and Taeyeon supported him.
Q: Do they have nicknames for each other?
A: They call each other ‘Taengkoong’. Taeyeon’s nickname is ‘Taengoo’ and Baekhyun’s is ‘Baekoong’, so they combined it. Taeyeon calls Baekhyun ‘Bae-kyeon’, ‘Bae-keong’, and ‘Bae-koong’. Baekhyun calls Taeyeon ‘Taengoo-ah’ or ‘Taeyeon-ah’. They speak to each other informally.
Q: Why were some fans suspicious that they were dating?
A: The rumors started because of their couple items. They share a bracelet, cell phones, headset, and sunglasses. They use the same brands. They even upload similar photos to Instagram.
Q: Do they have a lot of skinship?
A: At last year’s 2012 SMTOWN ending, Taeyeon whispered in Baekhyun’s ear. And at last year’s Incheon Hallyu Concert, Taeyeon poked Baekhyun’s back. When EXO won an award at last year’s end award shows, she patted his head. But they weren’t dating during these times. They liked each other, but they were still just sunbae and hoobae.
Q: Was “Taengkoongberimachi” evidence of their dating?
A: On January, Taeyeon posted an Instagram picture of a starbucks cup with her face on it with the caption “taengkoongberimachi”. Fans suspected this was a reference to their nickname for each other.
Q: When do they usually date?
A: They usually meet up right before daybreak. When they were first caught by Dispatch on the 5th, Taeyeon drove up near Baekhyun’s dorm at around 2am. Fans have gone home at this time, so they used this time to meet up.
Q: Did they have time to meet up often?
A: Last month, they met up 5 times. They are both promoting a lot in both Korea and other countries. They enjoy dates despite their busy schedules. When they’re in Korea, they meet up after their schedules end. When they get back from foreign countries, they meet up a bit earlier and spend more time together.
Q: Where do they usually date?
A: Usually in Taeyeon’s car, a Benz SLK 55AMG. Taeyeon goes directly to Baekhyun’s dorm with her car. They then went to a parking lot. Taeyeon’s car is a convertible. When there are no people, they take the top down and get some fresh air.
Q: Why are there no eyewitness accounts of them at a coffee shop or cafe?
A: There’s no one between the age of 10 and 20 that don’t know who Taeyeon or Baekhyun is. They never leave their car when they go outside so they don’t have a set place they go to because they’re always moving in their car. When they don’t have any schedules, they just drive around and talk to each other.