If one lives in Los Angeles–in America–one would best be properly equipped and armed–not with guns and bolos and mosquito netting, but with knowledge and understanding of the scene, with a sense of humor–with laughter. Otherwise the place is very apt to get the better of one, both materially and spiritually….
Q: On ‘Cool Kiz on the Block’ we could see that you are good at swimming. Is there something else you’re also good at?
A: Good at? I’m good at adapting! I have many fears but I adapted to them very quickly. That’s why I look so good at everything I do.
Q: Then is there something that Hani can’t do?
A: There’s really a lot. A short time ago on a reality program the members were talking about me. They were saying how they know smart people, but they just think I’m a bit weird. But they’re right, I’m weird. (laughs)
Q: You just recently filmed 'Law of the Jungle.’ Between a difficult memory or a funny incident, which do you think of first?
A: I already told them that I want to go to the Jungle again. It’s really fun. It was healing for me! The jungle is so big and by comparison, I’m really small. There wasn’t anything I was really worried about. I’m happy and thankful for that.
Q: On 'Same Bed Different Dream’ many people were impressed with the heartfelt advice that you were able to give them. It was especially touching when your mother called you a “precious being”
A: I called my mom right after the recording finished. I told my mom that I cried while telling the story. She’s too cool and wonderful that it makes everyone around her feel burdensome. (laughs). To me, my mom is my best friend. Whenever I am having a hard time she is always the first person that comes to mind. Even though there has been a lot of twists and turns at my age, she is always there for me to hold on to.
Q: The Star has many female readers. Is there any story you would like to share?
A: Nowadays many high school students think that it’s too late to start something new at their age. In my second year of high school I was worrying between singing and studying. Then I thought “I’m still 19 years old, why put a limit on things when there is still a possibility of it happening? If I have to choose only one, which one would I pick?” But now, there is no need to think of something like that. I’d like it many students started to believe in their own potentials. I decided to do both and now I am singing and studying. But I can’t quite say that I’m successful at both by just saying “I can do it!” (laughs). Right now I’m still in the process of working on both. But I still fully believed I can do it. Trying to put a limit on yourself is a silly thing. I hope that you guys don’t do that.
Q: What do you do to overcome difficulties or stress?
A: I used to read books to distract myself from those. I purposely don’t read self-improvement books but focus more on ones I can concentrate on like mystery novels. Recently I’ve also been writing a lot. Something like writing in a diary. I don’t want to put it off for a moment. I have to note it down immediately. I have to set my goals and create plans to reach them. If I don’t, then I won’t be able to achieve them. That’s my way of managing stress.
Q: It doesn’t seem like you have much time to rest. What do you do when you have some time off?
A: I want to go somewhere that I haven’t been before. Take a bus, listening to music and reading a book, and go to a park near a school. I like walking around. I like those kinds of things.
Q: What is your driving force behind working hard even when you are tired?
A: It’s fun. Every time I go on stage it’s fun and exciting. Like today, during the pictorial shoot, it was fun and I’m thankful when I look at the resulting pictures. It’s nice seeing my image on the rise. During our debut, if I was unable to show a good pose our agency director would get mad. Nowadays it’s better. When you hear a good story and its like “me?” then it’s good to see it again.
Jungle Jail Celebrates 40 years of Pitchfork Management
I read the articles by local news broadcasts and I laugh…and I am disgusted. As a former cashier at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, everything is not sunshine and roses as depicted. The methods, micromanaging, manipulation, neuroticism, the lack of employee appreciation, overabundance of negative consequences, lack of raises, and the stagnancy rule the place in the form of autocratic management. In an economy where jobs are hard to come by, the interview was a snap; a hungry fish was I, and I latched onto that worm hiding a very sharp barb. Jungle Jim’s detained me as a cashier for exactly one year. After trying for 4 months to change departments, I grew tired of the lies and promises meant to keep me content. I grew tired of trading complaints with my fellow cashiers because of the lack of confidence in upper management. I grew tired of the warnings and write-ups for petty things while getting ignored for hard work. I grew tired of feeling nauseous upon my daily drive in. So when I read things like “One thing that I’ve found sets this place apart is this feeling of family and community,“ and Jim Bonaminio’s philosophy is “We back people, we back young people that have energy, with new ideas. And we say…come aboard.“ what comes to mind is The Skeleton Key.