When one conjures an image of a larger-than-life personality blessing us mere mortals with a dazzling presence that seemingly beckons a hallelujah chorus and the parting of a sea of people, the requisites are all drawn up: a thick barrier of human security protecting their ward at all costs, the incognito staples of dark-tinted sunglasses and a baseball cap tipped way beyond the point of comfort, and a hunkered down posture as to keep a low profile. Sightings of this sort are not your average everyday thing, especially in our celebrity-obsessed culture where the simple rumor of a star sighting is enough to send a swarm of fans in exponential droves to the marked spot. Rare as it is, they’ve populated our daydreams and fantasies so much that when the apparent possibility presents itself, the chances are, we are likely to miss it from right under our noses. That or we have somehow fashioned a designation of respect to give these people a space to exhale as their true selves away from the microscopic scrutiny, assuaging a level of respect, especially since by all mean necessary, these stars have relented much of their lives to us, the adoring public.
Far from our reach, it is the kind of thing to not only expect, what with their place in our rabid fanaticism, but to give them as their due. They can posture around in their semblance of normal, while we content ourselves with, on a lucky day, breathing the same air as they do. However, this was far from the reality for Korean actor and perennial leading man, Park Seo Jun, as he casually strolled along a mall complex in Manila’s central business district—in broad daylight no less. As seen in the YouTube video published on his channel, Record Park’s, a hairline shy of a year ago with 3,107,704 views, the cap was well in place and less than a handful of people around him, but there was no brazen effort to conceal himself from plain sight. In fact, if you were consumed in the doldrums of your mundane, you will have most likely missed him completely, dismissing him as another foreigner taking a break from the stifling heat the country can be known for.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
THE POWER OF A NAME
With one foot stepping into a life he’s set on defining in his own accord, and another stepping into an industry pressured by brand recall, Dr. Z Teo has inadvertently set out on a lifelong quest to redefine what a name can stand for
IN THE NOW
LEADER OF THE PACK The Teo family dogs were the special guests during Dr. Z Teo’s cover shoot
IN THE MORNING
How do you look at your mornings?
AFTER THE HUSTLE, REST
In a world that has wired us to go, go, go, don’t forget to slow things down and indulge in a state of recovery, especially when it comes to your skin
A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
We’ve all heard this word before, more so in the past year. Insular in nature, we realize the concept of introspection by looking through its qualities in reflective patent fashion
THE TRUTH ABOUT BEAUTY ACCORDING TO PARK SEO JUN
Beyond the distilled and distinguished exterior, Park Seo Jun barrels through, redefining the standard of beauty according to who it matters the most—you
SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND
Walking from the valley of darkness, Hayden Kho has found solace in family and faith as he builds a business not on temporal features, but on eternal renewals of mind, body and soul
RULE YOUR WORLD
Forged from the bloodlines of natural magnetism and innate strength, K by Dolce&Gabbana Eau de Parfum is royalty captured in a bottle
LIGHTNESS OF BEING
Seek a sense of clarity for the skin with these transparent, seethrough-your-soul innovations that is bound to make things look better and brighter.
Red, crimson, flame, cherry, scarlet, ruby or vermillion, the perennial shades of the season must be worn when the need to spark hope and joy are in order
GERBER’S TERRACRAFT FACES BOTH URBAN AND RURAL CHALLENGES LIKE A PRO
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE . . .
College baseball teams continue their search to make their sport a revenue generator
The 2021 college season will be unlike any before it, with more talent across the country than at any other time in the history of the sport.
More competitive than ever
College baseball enters a season of unprecedented depth and talent
Soured on Pickles
IT STUCK TO the bar of soap in the bathtub, so you didn’t want to wash with it.
HOW A FRANCHISE WAS BUILT
In 1981, Baseball America was launched to fill a void in scouting and player development coverage
Tim Dillard prides himself on helping his team both on and off the field
Playing Games Honduras-style
Would you play the same games in Honduras that you do in the United States? You might. Children in Honduras enjoy many of the same games North Americans do. They go fishing and shoot baskets. They play sandlot baseball—called bate (BAH tay). They fly kites and ride bikes. Their parents may go horseback riding or play golf or tennis.
2021 TOPPS PRO DEBUT CHROME GOES BACK TO THE MINORS
2021 Topps Pro Debut Baseball offers the annual flagship-style look at minor league baseball.
EARLY LOOK AT 2021 TOPPS TRIBUTE
THE PRODUCT HAS SOME BIG-TIME HITS