Jun is awesome! I loved hearing all her opinions! Enjoy!
Stephanie: How is everybody there?
Jun: Hahahaha Everybody’s good.
Jun: Okay So let’s start…
Stephanie: Give my readers a brief background about yourself.
Jun: My name is Jun and I won Big Brother 4 in 2003. 10 years later I’m now living in Belgium newly married with a one-year-old baby boy named Noah. I’m still a huge fan of BB!
Jun: Is that enough? Hahahah!
Stephanie: it is great! I can’t believe its been 10 years already! How do you feel about the Big Brother franchise now? Do you think it is better/ worse than it was when you were there?
Jun: Of course I think things were “better” back 10 years ago for the show, but I suppose it’s evolved with the rest of the world so I can’t say it’s really “bad” now. Just different. I’m glad I applied for the show then and not now ha!
Stephanie: I guess with time you run out of ideas, ya know?
Jun: I think with huge conglomerate like CBS, it’s hard to get “new” ideas past all the big wigs than we’d think. I think BB producers would probably love some more space to make changes, but the higher-ups probably don’t want to fix anything that’s not broken… Obviously the television ratings is what matters most to CBS, and the ratings are still strong after all these years so they must be doing something right despite all our complaints.
Stephanie: well, we do continue to watch obsessively….
Jun: Yes! And “we” are just a small percentage of the television viewing audience ha! The 8 or so million people who watch every year have no complaints. It’s just the 200,000 or so of us who are hardcore, who complain the most ha!
Stephanie: Well, you were there, knee-deep in it. You know how it “should” be.
Jun: Knee-deep is right. But I’ll tell you there’s NOTHING like actually being in that house to really understand the show and the people involved.
Stephanie: I couldn’t do it. Id miss my family too much, plus if someone looked at me funny, I’d cry.
Jun: Ha! You would. I couldn’t imagine you…you totally wear your heart on your sleeve. And I imagine you have a horrible poker face.
Stephanie: I don’t even know how to play poker! LOL
Jun: Exactly! Yeah, spending a summer in the BB house isn’t for everyone…
Jun: But… Using you as an example… People who KNOW they could never be on BB are probably the most “normal” of fans aka fans who wouldn’t threaten HGs once they’re out of the house.
Stephanie: Seriously? That happens a lot?
Jun: Being self-aware and realizing the people on your tv are doing something you could never do makes you appreciate them more as opposed to threatening them. Unfortunately, that is a reality of going on BB…
Stephanie: I saw that BBC girl, Topaz took alot of heat for her voting “screw-up”. I thought that was crazy.
Jun: Yes, she did. I think “heat” is good…and “heat” keeps people in check…but scramble those letters into “hate” and that’s where things go too far sometimes…
Stephanie: I remember that one crazy lady when you were pregnant. That was terrible, and so offensive.
Jun: I didn’t even know how to explain it to people outside of BB. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the show there’s no way to understand the “passion” BB fans have both for good and bad. My family and friends just don’t understand…and it’s a huge part of why I’m actually taking a break from writing my Power Rankings blogs for BB. I don’t want to attract any more of that energy towards me and my family…
Stephanie: Oh, no rankings this season at all? I was actually going to ask you, do you feel like writing about reality television is your niche? I love your blogs.
Jun: No. I’ll be blogging about BB here and there on my site during the summer, but no Power Rankings. Hmmmm…is reality television writing my niche…
Stephanie:I know you write about other things too, but your reality tv blogs are hilarious.
Jun: I’d say yes and no because I’m more than just about reality television, but I think my experience with BB helps boost my credibility…
Stephanie: and your sense of humor and candor make them fantastic.
Jun: Thanks! And I realize that the sense of humor of my readers have to be equally fantastic for it to work at all. So I’m thankful there are so many people who get it.
Stephanie: Oh I totally do! I find myself laughing out loud at your blogs and Twitter everyday.
Jun: Which is why we’re doing this chat in the first place.
Stephanie: Well you know. Not everyone can be as awesome as us. ha ha
Jun: Ha! Bingo.
Stephanie: Speaking of Twitter, you are VERY interactive with your followers on there. What do you think your favorite twitter moment is?
Jun: Wow…hmmmm… I think my favorite Twitter “moment” was when I realized just how many people were on Twitter all those hours I was in labor with Noah last year. I’ve only had a Twitter account since late 2010 and even though there’s only 140 characters to work with, I manage to get to know so many different people at once. And all those people were “with” me the day Noah was born.
Stephanie: You know, I remember all of that. We were all on pins and needles waiting to see this baby! We had watched your belly grow, seen your underboob, the works.
Stephanie: I just love how much you share with all of us, and how you have connected so many of us too!
Jun: It’s been pretty easy with a lot of people, not so easy with others, and then there are those who don’t want to really bother to connect on a personal level and just see me as “someone who was on BB”… Which is great, because in the end it all balances out and I get to have different kinds of relationships with everyone.
Stephanie: I love that you let people send gifts for Noah.Not everyone would be so open with their private information.
Jun: I love that so many people WANT to send gifts to Noah. It’s soooooo humbling and we are so grateful for everything, really. Plus, I have pretty good intuition so I know who’s okay to give my info to hahahaha!
Stephanie: Noah is a cool kid! You can’t help but fall in love with that sweet face, just from pictures.
Jun: He really is soooo content in his own skin. And he’s waking up hahahaha I can hear him! Did you have more questions?
Stephanie: I did, we can do more later.
Stephanie: Love to you! Have a great day.
Jun Dishes: Thanks, you too!
At this point we took a break, and we finished up a few days later….
Jun: I’d LOVE to make perfect poached eggs. I have it on my Top 10 bucket list. I’ve tried it before and it was SAD SAD SAD hahaha!
Stephanie: Ohhh! Chris makes those, with hollandaise, so delicious.
Stephanie: Speaking of Chris, he and I seriously want to go to Europe next year. If we were to come visit, what would you take us to see?
Jun: In Europe or in Belgium specifically?
Stephanie: In your town.
Jun: Ohhhhh…well…there’s a real castle in the middle of our city…The Amazing Race stopped there once…
Stephanie: Oh we would LOVE that!
Jun: And then there are beautiful churches and canals and GORGEOUS parks
Stephanie: Those are all up Chris’s alley.
Jun: We’d take you to the red light district too if you wanted
Stephanie: Ha ha!!! Just to see the classy hookers.
Jun: Yes. In the windows.
Stephanie: It would be worth it, just to say we have been there.
Stephanie: LOL, Ok, switching gears again. Being a new parent, I’d love to get your input on something that happened here recently. You game?
Stephanie: Ok- bear with me. A few weeks ago, my neighbors kid basically attacked my #3 and beat the tar out of him. The girlfriend of the other kid taped the whole thing, and I watched it. It was pretty brutal, but he was ok. If that happened to Noah, how would you handle the situation with the other parent? let me clarify, the girlfriend of the other kids DAD got it on video with her phone.
Jun: So she filmed it and then showed it to you?
Jun: Well…I think there are two things here…the fight and the person who filmed the fight. The fight happened…fights will happen…sometimes our kid will win and sometimes they won’t. But if it’s a one-on-one fight and not some group beat-down I’d probably let Noah work his fights out UNLESS he asked me for help or to step in. The other part… The woman who filmed it…I don’t know why she’d film it?
Stephanie: Because the child has a history of anger issues. He was starting to act out so she turned on the camera just in case, to show the father.
Jun : Gotcha. Well. If there’s more to the story aka anger issues, then I’d say tell #3 to stay away from the neighbor kid (if possible)…not completely, but enough not to get into any more fights…
Stephanie: That ’s the thing! They were fine later that day, and have been since. I just realized I’m talking about the wrong kid. Its my #4!
Jun: Bwahahaha! Well. I think you and #4 should let it go.
Stephanie: We have! I have been curious about how you would handle it this whole time.
Jun: Unless the neighbor kid attacks or harasses #4 or any other #s… Then you need to talk to the dad. Yeah.
Stephanie: Oh we did! Trust.
Jun : I think I’ll probably let Noah handle his own “dramas”…
Stephanie: He’s gonna be fine. He’s so sassy already.
Jun: And only step in when Noah asks me to. :) I remember when I was younger and I was “bullied”… I told my parents about it twice and the rest of the time I handled myself
Stephanie: I’m so not surprised!
Stephanie: Oh! Speaking of neighbors, on Twitter we love hearing about your neighbor Shrek. Tell TvFishbowl about Shrek.
Jun: Well… We “knew” about Shrek before we moved in here…because Davy’s mom’s co-worker’s friend blah blah blah knew Shrek…
Stephanie: I’m totally picturing an ugly green troll right now.
Jun: But meeting Shrek for the first time was like, WOAH because she’s tall and big and well, reminds you of Shrek… Yes. She was wearing green that day. So apparently Shrek is the neighborhood gossip, etc…and when she realized we didn’t want to gossip with her she became rude and started trouble…etc… And then Noah was born and poof…she’s an ANGEL! She even gives us fresh eggs her chickens pop out…
Stephanie: oh YUM
Jun: Babies are magical…Noah brought peace between us and Shrek.
Stephanie: I was gonna say that!
Jun: But I still don’t trust or like her 100%
Stephanie: Well you know, if Noah turns up missing he will either be at her house or mine.
Jun: Last week she saw Noah and said “Oh, Noah’s feet are so big!” in Dutch…and I replied “Yours too!” in Dutch… She looked so surprised and thought it was a loss in translation. But I meant it What an odd thing to say about my baby?! That his feet are big?! His feet are not bigger than any other baby’s?! HAHAHAH!
Stephanie: oh my gosh. Another reason I love you!
Stephanie: I have to say, Noah’s little school is precious. I worked in the Daycare “scene” before I had Jacob, and I can see huge differences!
Jun: Did you? Cool.
Stephanie: I did. Before we got married.
Jun: I’ve done nannying but never a full-blown daycare job.
Stephanie: It is a nightmare if the owners/company only care about money. It seems like it is the opposite there.
Jun: It is different here, and it’s because they get subsidized by the government… big difference…
Stephanie: It sounds like in general, Belgium is a wonderful place to live.
Jun: Seriously. I can’t believe it’s such a secret gem of a country!
Stephanie: I want to visit, seriously!
Jun: Hahaha You so need to come visit.
Stephanie: Well, I’ll close on that positive note.
Stephanie: And I need to tell you, I’m annoyed that I didn’t win the Belgian food prize! LOL
Jun: Bwahahaha! I’ll send you a care package at some point. i’m just THE WORSE at sending stuff in the mail!
Stephanie: No no!!! I’m teasing you!
Jun: Ha! Sigh.
Stephanie: Thank you so so much for taking time out of your busy schedule!
Jun: Of course! Not for everyone but definitely for you… and now I have to go make dinner. My life is so glamorous! HA! Talk soon!
I love Jun, and I loved talking with her. It was so great to connect with her on issues like parenting and cooking, and not just Big Brother. Her life has taken such an interesting turn, since she left the Big Brother house. In my opinion, she has the best of both worlds!