Joonha almost retired after Infinite Challenge? [Happy Together/2020.02.06]On February 7, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
“He always shares his love.” It’s been a while. Have you been well? Yes, I’ve been well. It’s been a long time. – I… / – We haven’t seen you on TV – for such a long time. / – It’s been four years since the last time I came on Happy Together. Right. It’s been a long time since the last time I was on any TV show. There was a rumor that you had practically retired. – I heard that rumor too. / – I heard that you said it yourself. – A long time ago, / – Right? – on “Infinite Challenge”, / – Yes. I was asked what I would do after the show ended. I said, “I guess it will also be the end of my career.” – Exactly. / – I said I would retire. Young people these days think he’s the owner of a restaurant. – I’m not joking. / – A short rib skewer restaurant. He meets my stylist more often than me. My stylist’s office is – Right across the street. / – close to his restaurant. His stylist tells me how he’s doing. He asked my stylist to tell me to visit his restaurant. You could’ve just texted me. You never came, but I didn’t want to burden you. – How have you been? / – Right. I’ve been talking about my skewer restaurant. – Other than that… / – You brought it up. Have you done nothing else? – I’m running a restaurant. / – Don’t poke and pry. – Do you have a new hobby or… / – Don’t poke and pry. I recently opened up a fish cake restaurant. – A fish cake restaurant? / – Yes. – That’s an important event. / – Pardon me? – It’s an important event to share. / – You’re right. I’m running four restaurants at the moment. One of them is going well, and one isn’t. – And another one is picking up. / – That’s great. Rumor has it that you’re earning more than you did as a TV celebrity. – I earned much more before. / – Is that so? (I earned much more as a TV celebrity.) Things are rough for small business owners. – He’s right. I heard / – Oh, I see. they are going through a hard time. – That’s right. / – At the end of last year, Yu Sanseul won the Best Rookie Award. – Yes, I did. / – I heard that Junha also won an award. – I read a news article about it. / – Yes, I did. I’m a certified traditional Korean wine expert. – I know that. / – Since my work is related to it, it was considered to be helpful for the farmers in Korea. That’s why you won the award. RDA gave me the Achievement Award. (Achievement Award for Development of Farming Areas) Not everyone can win this award. I was so grateful. I was told that I would receive an award, so I went to the ceremony. It was a huge one. All the farmers in Korea attended the ceremony. – There were more than 1,000. / – I see. I was so surprised. You wrote a hashtag on your social media, – “Are you watching, Yu Sanseul?” / – Yes. You could’ve just texted me. Why did you post it on social media? He wants to get articles out about it. Why do you always leave such a comment on social media? (You know I’m an attention addict.) You know I’m an attention addict. (He confessed he’s an attention addict.) – Finally, you said it honestly. / – Yes. – Of course. / – Then I can understand him. – He admitted it. / – That felt good. – Then it makes sense. / – That was good. Okay. Good. Actually, while Jaeseok was on a concert tour as Yu Sanseul, I attended a lot of events related to traditional Korean wine. – I see. / – So… What kind of events are there? Korea Wine Festival and… But wine is not a traditional Korean drink. Yes, it is. – Wine is? / – Korean style wine. Is there such a kind? People usually think of makgeolli – when they hear traditional drink. / – That’s true. But makgeolli is one of the types of traditional Korean drink. Makgeolli, medicinal drinks, distilled spirits, wine, liqueur, and so on. – Liqueur? / – Oh, my. He’s so smart. He just had to say that wine is a type of traditional Korean drink, – but he even talked about liqueur. / – Liqueur. – I didn’t ask about liqueur. / – He got excited. – It was too much information. / – Sort of. Anyway, I attended a lot of events. Recently, I attended the yeast forum in Chuncheon. – “The yeast forum”? / – “The yeast forum”? – It’s used to make makgeolli. / – We never asked. – It’s for makgeolli. / – I went to that event. I’m quite famous in that industry. You introduced him as Yu Jaeseok of the home shopping network. I’m Yu Jaeseok of the traditional Korean alcoholic drink industry. (Yu Jaeseok of traditional Korean alcoholic drink) I host shows like a wine talk show. – As a talk show host. / – A wine talk show. Is that you at the wine talk show? I introduce different kinds. Those who are interested in wine come to the show. I’ve had only five people in the audience. Our staff is asking us to move on.