Saturday, February 11, 2006

i'm no 'philematologist' !

will we finally see him this coming march?? i'm really very excited for the coming weeks coz after all the delays & postponements, something concrete was finally announced. i do hope that this is it. no more last minute changes and let the cameras rolling for yong joon's new tv drama.

so, while waiting for the man to make his public appearance again, i might as well do something timely, something that has social a topic related to the day of the hearts !!! oh yes!!! isn't that so original of me?! this time around i will let my thoughts play around this thing that symbolizes this heart shaped day in that exciting kind of way, and its none other than the "kiss". ok, i'm not an expert in philematology, kiss-ology, however we call knowledge is purely limited from my personal experience so i did another digging in the net to give just a little substance to what i'm going to blabber about.

actually, i've decided to take on this topic of "kiss" coz after going over my small collection of byj pictures, i saw again ( for the nth time) his photos from april snow where, you know, he did all those hesitant, yet sensous kissing scenes. must admit i'm still a little jealous of son yejin and boy, some girls are just so lucky !!! really, life can be so very unfair sometimes... syj is pretty, famous, rich and most of all, got to kiss & caress yong joon & mind you, not only once!!! jeez, my skin is getting greener by the minute again. ^^

alright then, what is a kiss anyway ? of course, all of us will probably answer that a kiss is this act of caressing with the lips against someone's mouth or other body part as an expression of love or greeting OR if we want it with more boldness, we can add the word french before the word kiss and define it as a 'soul kiss' coz they are saying that the life and soul are thought to pass through the mouth's breath in the exchange across tongues. i think there's no need to elaborate on this. the phrase "french kissing" is more than enough to let our imaginations run wild *wink* . there's another interesting description made by the ethereal Ingrid Bergman ( of Casablanca fame) and she puts it nicely, "a kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous"...that is so true !! the tricks of nature can be so naughty sometimes but very practical. less words and more actions can go a long way!!

or we can go mainstream and tech-smart & define "kiss" as the KISS principle or simply ," Keep It Simple, Stupid" , one of the golden rules of web design, search engine optimization (SEO) and online business as a reminder to the participants to avoid unnecessary complexities in the design process...sounds too unvalentine for me....

how about sweetening our mood? there's Kisses, that very famous chocolate candy made by Hershey's with that very distinctive shape wrapped in silver or golden foil....yummy.. one of my faves :) and oh, i got this trivia..Hershey's Kisses got their name because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt. haha, whoever from Hershey's came up with that idea sure has a rich imagination.

lots of notable artworks over the years were also created and inspired by the act of kissing...for instance there's that lump of marble stone hewed into that famous erotic statue 'The Kiss' by the celebrated French sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).
a representative painting from the Art Nouveau movement, the controversial & subtly erotic painting by the Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) called 'Der Kuss' or...The Kiss.
the photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in Time Square in 1945 and featured in Life Magazine. that famous kiss was caught by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995). my mom has a reproduction of this photo and i find it really beautiful !! actually, a life size statue entitled 'Unconditional Surrender' was made by sculptor, Seward Johnson, Jr. to immortalize that Life Mag kiss spread and was unveiled in times square 60 yrs later last august 2005.
french photographer Robert Doisneau's classic photo, "Kiss by the Hotel de Ville" which has become a poster icon around the world.

now the interesting parts, i just realized that we can actually shoot 2 birds with one stone while kissing....we can enjoy some healthy benefits while enjoying a moment of passion !! accdg to health gurus, a person burns 26 calories in a one minute kiss as opposed to the energy expended in a minute's brisk walking of just 4.5 calories. hmm, i think i need to revise my work out program presto!!

kissing also helps reduce tooth decay because it increases the mouth's production of saliva, and saliva helps clean the mouth thus aides in the prevention of tooth decay, so , its like kissing is nature's own cleaning process !!. just a sec, why was i not told about this by my dentist ??

there's more....accdg to cosmo magazine, kissing slows the aging process. it helps to tone our cheek and jaw muscles, so they're less likely to sag. hey, there's no need for botox after all !!

kissing also boosts self-esteem. there's nothing better than a passionate kiss for a major dose of feel good factor. "in theory, when you're kissing, you're happy. And when you're happy, you feel good about yourself," says psychotherapist Paul Zeal. calling Dr Phil ...hey doc, did u discussed this in Oprah's show?

a cardiologist, Dr. Susan Hotchkies, says that kissing is also a great cardiovascular workout !!!! it increases fitness levels coz it pumps the heart and the pulse is racing and it release adrenaline into the bloodstream and the heart pumps more blood around the body. oh wow, and to think that i spend so much time and money in a treadmill !!

hmm, my supposedly valentine offering is turning into a mini science journal w/ all these health tips!! and i still have not touched on the profile of a good kisser...anyway, accdg to esquire mag, a good kisser sees the kiss as the destination itself. he kisses as if he will never do anything else with this woman, as if he never wants to do anything else with this woman. he kisses as if this is what he's been dying to do for years and he wants to savor every moment. isn't that so wickedly romantic ? this makes me wonder if yong joon as a kisser falls in this profile.....

yong joon showed a marked improvement in his screen kissing scenes today compared to his previous works. well, i guess, his works before were all tv dramas and he only showed the world his turnabout when he made his debut film "untold scandal" in 2003. and he definitely ignited my interest w/ his love scenes in april snow. there is this palpable sensuality and you can sense their intense pleasure and eagerness and at the same time its mixed with this air of guilt, hesitation and even pain. it sounds difficult to project in the screen but in my opinion, they pulled it off very well. i truly feel that they made memorable love scenes in the film. all the elements needed like the awkwardness, the buildup of excitement and the uniqueness of their passion were there to make the "plunge into the depths of guilty pleasure" of insoo and seoyoung simply unforgettable, at least for me ^^

sources of info ~,
esquire magazine, wikipedia, imdb,,,,,


Blogger mishio said...

hi hi frances-
I do believe you've given everyone enough scientific justification to be naughty on V-day, haha!
Interestingly, 26 calories (for 1 minute kiss? didn't know that!) is quite an interesting figure - that's the approx caloric equivalent of a hershey's silver kiss as well. (what a choco-addict i am...)
Anyway, he did look mighty "experienced" in April Snow, did he not? (*blush*) Or is he just getting way more comfortable on the screen?
Sigh.....SYJ landed such a dream job!

3:26 PM  
Blogger marissa said...

and that is the reason why I've gained weight~~ seriously I wonder how good a kisser is our man.

Happy Valentines to you!

6:35 PM  
Blogger frances said...

hey mishio,
you gave me an idea !! do a 1 minute kiss then eat a hershey's silver, then back to.....

& its all break even ...i think thats fair enough ^^ *wink*

7:30 AM  
Blogger frances said...

hi marissa,
you probably need to do it more than 1 minute...haha !!!

how good is he as a kisser ? i'll just use my vividly wild imagination !! (*got this notty smile plastered on my face*)

7:36 AM  
Blogger bb said...

oh great...!! you've included the kiss by gustav klimt in your blog entry! i love that painting.

10:22 AM  
Blogger frances said...

hi bb,
i also love the klimt painting and the first time i saw it, i was drawn to its mosaic style rather than the kissing pose !!*blush*

12:30 AM  
Blogger Toujours_BYJ said...


10:51 AM  
Blogger Toujours_BYJ said...

Hi Frances, I love love this posting, you really make my day.
Ha ha, I will teach my colleagues and friends about this scientific justification "eating chocolate then kissing".
PS : excuse me for the error on my previous comment, just click enter too fast.

10:58 AM  
Blogger byjglobal said...

I noticed you are in Philipine and hope you are safe from mud-slide incident. Your blog is one of my favorite. Do you know there is a vote site at
Please vote our prince. Only one time vote is allowed a day til Feb 28th. I found this in

10:44 AM  
Blogger frances said...

hi camille,
haha, the chocolate & kissing combination looks yummy indeed !!

3:46 PM  
Blogger frances said...

hello byjglobal !
thanks for your concern. the unfortunate incident happened in a remote area in the southern part of manila ( where i stay). all we can do right now is say a prayer for all the victims and their families.
i'm doing my best to vote in the groonet poll every time i find the chance.

3:54 PM  

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