Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Next K-Pop Star!!!

So for all you Americans, we have American Idol. Now there are a whole bunch of versions of American Idol around the world and on American Idol we actually get a lot of international people who try out. Korea has their own version called SBS K-POP STAR and is a collaboration between the three big entertainment companies SM, YG and JYP. And instead of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson you've got international star BoA, Pop-Star and CEO J.Y.Park, and CEO of YG Entertainment Yang Hyun Suk.

Auditions have been taking place all over the world from France to Argentina. Contestants are judged on singing, dancing or rapping talent. You could win 300,000,000 KRW ($285,000,000) including the release of of international album and be accepted into YG, SM or JYP training programs! Oh, they train you good...whip you into shape!

Check out this clip of 15-year-old Park Ji Min covering Adele's Rolling in the Deep.

Let's Learn Korean!

The New Year is coming up! So let's learn how to say it in Korean! Sae hae bok mani badesyo!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

K-Pop Obsession: Co-Ed School Bbiribbom Bberibbom

There are not many groups in Korea that are both girls and boys. I'm not saying there aren't any but not many that are 2+. Co-Ed School supposedly has four girls and 5 guys, they debuted way back in 2010 and I haven't really seen anything new since then. They had two hits and now I'm not even sure if they're still a group. They do have a sub-group called Five Dolls that consists of the 4 girls plus some other girl. The two hit singles are actually very good (despite the autotune scandals), but vastly different from each other. Bbiribbom Bberibom doesn't really mean anything, it's a cutsey-comical music video that has a cameo by T-ara's Eunjeung. You'll recognize some of the music and dance moves in resemblance to Lady Gaga's "Telephone."

Visual Concept: ♥♥.5/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: ♥♥♥/5 English Usage: ♥♥/5

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥/5

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day. I hope Santa brought you some gifts that you'll cherish for a long time. To celebrate, let's look at some beautiful Korean and Japanese Christmas Cakes. First up is Korean cakes!

And now some Japanese Cakes!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

K-Pop Obsession: Jinwoon's You Walking Towards Me

This weeks obsession is not the usual poppy synth with catchy dance moves. It's Jinwoon from ballad group 2AM! He's actually a very talented guitar player, I was very impressed. I think I like him the best out of 2AM, he makes the funniest faces and is always so cute! His song, "You Walking Towards Me" is very soothing and the video unusual for a music video.

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: N/A English Usage: N/A

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Rice Field Art

In Inakadate, Japan the farmers are known for their agriculture artistry. Check out some of the amazing images in rice!

Let's Learn Korean!!!

It's been a while since the last Korean lesson, but here we go! Check out this site. It helps you learn the Korean Hangul using an interactive site!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Drama - Lie to Me

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Network: SBS
Broadcasted: May 9, 2011 - June 28, 2011
Lead Actors: Yoon Eun Hye, Kang Ji Hwan, Sung Joon, Cho Youn Hee

My Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

So I just finished this drama yesterday. It's been a while since I've really been "into" a drama. It all started when I thought I'd just watch the first episode to see if it was anything like the American "Lie to Me." Gotta say, the two are not even close. Lol. Plus my favorite actress Yoon Eun Hye is in it, so I instantly fell in love. Add the fact that you can watch all 16 episodes for free on Hulu and you've got a deal!

With that said there are a few minor things that bother me... The characters don't really develop at all! Even a main character's story line seems to be forgotten and loose ends left to hang. The drama moves from hilarious and witty female lead to mushy, unrealistic romance. No one really believes you can fall in love so deeply so quickly. Now it seems like every Korean drama there is always a really rich guy and a poor female. I am dying for something different! Pleaseeeeeee! And get this, the song Kung Fu Fighting, is used in it. I thought it was so out of place that I just bursted out laughing! No! No! No!

Basic Synopsis: It all starts when Ministry of Culture official, Gong Ah Jung lies to her friend to get back her that she's married. Little does she know her lie leads to her friends thinking she's married to CEO of World Hotel Hyun Ki Joon! To keep up the lie, Ah Jung has to convince Hyun Ki Joon to play along. All of which results in hilarious and romantic situations.

Friday, December 16, 2011

K-Idol Commercials

So I was surfing around, bored out of my mind, on YouTube and I came across this really funny commercial featuring BigBang's G-Dragon and TOP. It led me to even more commercials in which idols endorse certain products in really funny ways. Check out some of the best I've found:

GD & TOP - Sparklingade

SNSD - Banana Milk

SHINee - Chicken

CNBlue - Experia Mini

2PM - It's Skin Ver B

2AM - BHC Chicken

2NE1 - 11st

Uee - Cool Soju

She asks, "Are you my first?"

BONUS!!! Britney Spears for a Japanese Candy (1999)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

K-Pop Obsession: BEG's Cleansing Cream

It's Brown Eyed Girls again this week! I woke up this morning wanting to hear this song first thing! I love them, I could seriously listen to them all day! And the music video will not let you down, it is so unique in the fact that it portrays something that is so much deeper and is more symbolic than anyone can realize. BEG Fighting! I love you girls!

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: N/A English Usage: N/A

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

59 Member Group, AKB48!

I'm not sure why I'm just discovering this group now, but here it is. This Japanese female idol group is called AKB48. It currently holds the Guinness World Record for largest "pop group." There are currently four teams: Team A (16), Team K(16), Team B (16) and Team 4 (11) for a total of 59 members. The team names seem to be named without any rhyme or reason...wouldn't you think it would be Team A, B, C etcetera? The group was created in 2005 by Yasushi Akimoto, all around entertainment producer badass. He also went to create other groups SKE48, SDN48 and NMB48. How do I characterize this group? They are very...Japanese...

AKB48 is named after an area in Tokyo called Akihabara (or Akiba for short) where they have their own performance theatre. I don't know about you, but when I say their name I think about some sort of machine gun...Their concept is to create a theatre-based group that you can see live daily. They still perform there but it has become so popular that you can only get tickets through a lottery system! Of course, all the members are very "kawaii" and young looking. I believe the oldest is maybe 23??? Anyways, all their performances and music videos seem to involve school uniforms and some form of bikini. Kekekekeke! I have pulled some of the more memorable videos for you to oggle at. So far I have not been able to determine if there is a leader, but I have seen one girl featured a lot. I can't imagine the competition these girls must go through just to be noticed in such a huge group.

Now I also have to set something straight. I truly and sincerely want to cheer these girls on. These girls are doing their best with all their talent! Achieving the dream of idol is not an easy road to take; especially in a world and industry where it's "sex sells." Rehearsing, dieting, takes a special kind of person to endure all that training and still manage to shine on stage. I admire the strength of will most artists and idols go the same time, I find it utterly ridiculous to see the need to constantly show these girls in bikinis and underwear; there are just too many perverts out there!

"Heavy Rotation"
Right off the bat, this video took me by surprise. Very NSFW, people at the office might look at you weird or think you have a really bad case of cute Japanese girl fetish. There is sexy lingerie, girl-on-girl kissing and over the top cutsey Asian poses. Beware. You have been warned...

"Everyday, Kachusha"
Okay, girls in school uniforms riding bikes around, eating ice cream and then dancing at the beach with bikini's on. Lol. Japanese girls really like to wear their hair or place a bow/flower to the side of their head...a lot...

"Surprise Tears"
More school uniforms, I'll say about 80% of their music videos they are in school uniform. I have no problem with school uniforms, I actually like them. I'm guessing it's easier to dress all 40+ if they all just have the same uniform. Haha! It's to my understanding that only 20 members are in the music video and the rest are AKB48 backup dancers.

Monday, December 12, 2011

South Korean Military

Yesterday? Was the 63rd Armed Forces day in Gaeryongdae, South Korea. Check out these skillz...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Drama - My Girlfriend is Nine-Tailed Fox

Alternate Names: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Network: SBS
Broadcasted: 2010-Aug-11 to 2010-Sep-30
Lead Actors: Lee Seung Ki, Shin Min Ah, No Min Woo, Park Soo Jin

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

This is probably my second favorite Korean drama of all time! It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me copy her hairstyle! I forced my younger sister to watch it with me a second time and I got her hooked on it! Even though it follows the spoiled rich guy falls in love with girl theme, I really thought the drama had a real sense of fun and fantasy! As some of you already know, I love Lee Seung Ki, partly because I think he looks like my younger brother, but I thought he was also very good in "Brilliant Inheritance."

This drama is produced by the same people who did "He's Beautiful" so there is no skimping on locations, wardrobe or CGI effects. Plus there are cameos made by Uee, Lee Hong Ki and Park Shin Hye! Awesome!

Basic Synopsis: Cha Dae Woong is living his spoiled life of a wannabe actor/stuntman when he nearly get's himself killed running away from his grandfather. He releases the spirit of a trapped nine-tailed fox from an ancient painting and in return she loans him her magic orb (which heals him). Dae Woong is scared to death she might eat him, but all Miho wants is to become a normal human being.

Fun School Buses

Check out the awesome school buses some preschools and kindergartens use in Japan. If I had a school bus like any of these, I'd always want to go to school.

My Neighbor Totoro?
And of course, Hello Kitty bus!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Eric Yeo's "Girl With a Pearl Earring"

Check out creative director (Ogilvy & Mather Singapore), Eric Yeo's, video for Faber Castell. Using one line he recreates Vermeer's "Girl With A Pearl Earring." So cool!

Faber Castell from eric yeo on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Life-Like Japanese Robot

Check out this creepy life-like Japanese robot. Next thing you know you won't be able to tell humans and robots apart...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

K-Pop Obsession: IU's You and I

This weeks K-Pop obession is none other from IU's latest album, the single "You and I." As always, IU's voice is sweet, lovely and full of emotion. It is so wonderful to see the music video come out to be so magical, steampunkish and cute! There's definately a Christmas feel to it that is so infectious! IU's got me doing the clock dancing sequence around the house!!! And to top it off, there's a goose! Normally, I don't really care for...fowl...but the one in the video is soooo cute and good-natured! Check it out! This song is definately going on my Christmas playlist.

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: ♥♥♥♥/5 English Usage: N/A

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


This was brought to my attention by my fellow online shopper and Asian enthusiast Lauren. Check out STYLENANDA.COM!!!! A great Korean based company that offers global shipping on women's clothes, unmentionables, make-up, shoes, bags and jewelry! Everything is sooooo cute. I waaaaaaaaannnnnnttttt!!!!! Take a look at some of my wishlist:

Long Sleeve Collar Dress
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* Looks like IU's Dress from her album cover Real Fantasy!!! *

Bright Oversized Cardigan
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* I actually think the ear hat/scarf thingy is more interesting. *

Oversized Tiger Sweatshirt
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Long Chiffon Sweatshirt
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Drama - Cinderella's Sister

Alternate Names: Cinderella's Stepsister, A Modern Story of Revenge
Genre: Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Network: KBS2
Broadcasted: 2010-Mar-31 to 2010-Jun-03
Lead Actors: Moon Geun Young, Seo Woo, Chun Jung Myung, Taecyeon

My Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

This drama was the first Korean drama I've ever watched! This series doesn't typically follow the sappy, comical romance of the other dramas I've reviewed. It's actually quite moody and depressing...but saved because of some scenes with great acting. That said, there is a lot of over-acting, crying, and melodramatic music.

The entire drama follows a loose interpretation of the story of Cinderella. There is an evil stepmother, a stepsister and a "Cinderella." Now throw the fairytale story into the modern world and you have a perfect drama filled with lies, revenge, jealousy and one-sided love. But like all the other dramas, it can get slow and the characters frustrating. And the one character I like dies!!!

Basic Synopsis: Eun Jo grew up on the run with a gold-digging mother. It's not until her mother meets the father of young girl Goo Hyu Sun and marries him does Eun Jo start to realize how evil her own mother is. Eun Jo is dark, unfriendly and out-of-place in her new home where her stepsister, Hyu Sun, is adored, worshipped and spoiled. The family business is making traditional wine and the sisters grow up with the dramas of betrayal and happiness in love and business.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Taekwondo Shufflin' in Korea

This is the greatest thing I've ever seen. Taekwondo shuffling' and breakdancing! Yaya! Makes me want to shuffle!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

K-Pop Obsession: JS&Hyuna's Trouble Maker

This will be the first k-pop obsession that doesn't have a music video yet! Scratch that, the video just came out the next day! I have been really excited about the mini-album, Trouble Maker, released by 4minute's Hyunah and B2st's Hyunseung. The tracks are all very different but they are all very well done. I thought the video was well done and sexy...great theme, great style and awesome vocals. The only thing I didn't get was the ending??? Eh? Fire? Why wasn't there more shooting? What a weird ending...

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: ♥♥♥♥/5 English Usage: ♥♥♥/5

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


So a while back I came across this music video by Japanese artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The song is called "PonPonPon" and it is the weirdest thing I have ever seen! Freaks me out.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

K-Pop Obession: BEG's Hot Shot

Happy Thanksgiving and goodluck Black Friday. This week's k-pop obsession is Brown Eyed Girls "Hot Shot." I just love BEG, they always have different and unique music compared to all the other girl groups. This beat is very sassy and gets you doing the rumba!

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: N/A English Usage: ♥♥♥.5/5

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all you Americans in the United States! Not only must we give thanks to all we have we must also remember how our ancestors took advantage of the American Indians for land and greed (LOL). Anyways on this day of thanks, I'll like to inform those of Korean Thanksgiving.

Korean Thanksgiving or Chuseok (추석) is the most celebrated holiday in South Korea. It's usually celebrated in the months of September or October (so you probably missed it). For three days, many people travel back to their hometowns to visit their familys and the graves of their ancestors. Of course, the traditions vary depending on religions, but there is usually at least one family feast. Some traditional foods include songpyun, a half-moon rice cake stuffed with any number of ingredients and steamed on a bed of pine needles.

East Asian folklore often mentions the Moon or Jade Rabbit. The rabbit is often associated during Chuseok and is often depicted pounding a mortar and pestle on the moon. In the picture at the top, you can see two rabbits on the moon making traditional rice cakes while young girls dressed in traditional Hanbok dance around in what is known as the Ganggangsullae Dance.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Korea Vogue and Wonder Girl's

With the girls recent comeback with "Be My Baby" they recently released these Alice in Wonderland themed pictures for Korea Vogue. Gorgeous images girls!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Katy Perry & BigBang

Katy Perry appears on MTV Korea with BigBang! She tells fans to make sure to buy their album because it's very good and that they're cute! ^-^ I love how G-Dragon is like "Woohoo Katy Perry!"

Drama - Mary Stayed Out All Night

Alternate Names: Marry Me, Mary!
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Network: KBS2
Broadcasted: 2010-Nov-08 to 2010-Dec-28
Lead Actors: Moon Geun Young, Jang Geun Suk, Kim Jae Wook, Kim Kyo Jin

My Rating: ♥♥♥/5



First things, first. Sorry for not posting this on Drama Sunday, today I actually have the urge to write and research a bit. So so sorry! (I actually said that with a stereotypical Asian accent). Last week I was talking about Coffee Prince and how I love the Korean/Japanese actor Kim Jae Wook. Yay! In Mary Stayed out all Night, he actually gets a leading role! Yay! Yay! Yay! As one of the leading lady's love interest. Playing his rival, is the famous Jang Geun Suk (He's Beautiful etc.) who, although I find to be a good actor and musician, has a very weird smile that I don't feel is at all attractive. Jang Geun Suk is always playing the role of a singer/musician in dramas...I really want to see him break out of the mold and into something else. I have yet to see him in his latest movie, You're my Pet...I think it will be funny.

Once again, nice guys never get the girl. T^T Only the moody, meanie heads with jealously issues. And like any other Korean drama there are so many twists and complications that it's hard to explain to anyone who isn't a fanatic about Korean dramas. I am impressed with the lead character, Mae Ri. She's unusual in the fact that she doesn't follow the stereotypical jealous/clueless girl. She's actually intelligent, speaks her mind, and is understanding of all the people she interacts with. I can't say the same with all the other characters, but it is none-the-less interesting.

Basic Synopsis: Wi Mae Ri is the daughter of a father who has to constantly run around to escape from his debtors. When he runs into an old friend who promises to erase his debts only if Mae Ri marries his son, Jung In. To escape her fate, Mae Ri pretends to marry indie singer, Moo Kyul, who she first met by hitting with her car. Chaos ensues and Mae Ri is forced to split her time between the two men for a hundred days and choose who she wants to marry.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

W Korea - Yoon Eun Hye & TOP

So no fan club today, I really wanted to post something a little different. Recently, I've been ranting about actress Yoon Eun Hye a lot. In almost every post this week I have somehow mentioned her. So now, in honor of W Korea's October issue, here is a look at a hot and sexy photo shoot in New York with BigBang's TOP and Yoon Eun Hye. Sexy, sexy! ^^

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

K-Pop Obsession: Miss A's Good Girl Bad Girl

Hello ya'll, this weeks post is none other than Miss A's "Good Girl, Bad Girl." This was actually stuck in my head a couple weeks ago but I decided to feature it today. Miss A is comprised of four members who are a little more unique to the girl group plethora. Maybe it's because there are only four members, but it's really refreshing. They have a kind of singing style that makes you swing your hips sassily. Like in all their music videos, be ready for some hip shaking and butts.

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: ♥♥♥♥/5 English Usage: ♥♥♥.5/5

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

YesStyle.Com Models: Men's Edition!!!

So I've been meaning to do this for a while...Instead of Let's Learn Korean, we are going to do a feature on the male models of YesStyle.Com. Now, many many North Americans would not really get this idea of the Korean "Flower Boy". They're very feminine (gender bender) and fashionable, a metrosexual, if you will. Mistaking a man for a woman or a woman for man is very common. Get one thing straight, beauty and handsome-ness(?) is very different from North American and Asian standards...just keep that in mind. Some of the models below might leave you scratching your head but that's only because we live in the USA. Lol.

He really rocks hair in his eyes and a fur hood.
Sassy hip pose.
Reminds me of Jo Kwon of 2AM!!!
This is the outfit I wore today! He's rocking the murse.
Futuristic glasses with zippers.
Hi yah cutsey nerd. >.<
I tried harem pants once... disastrous.
This makes me go huh? I don't know...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Belated Pepero Day!

Happy Pepero day! I'm sorry I'm late, it was on November 11th (11.11.11), but I was busy making wishes and...working. So for those of you who don't know Pepero day is basically Korean Valentine's day. Pepero is the Korean brand of Japanese Pocky, it's yum yum! I hope everyone made their wishes and got some chocolate!

Drama - Coffee Prince

Alternate Names: The First Shop of Coffee Prince
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 17
Network: MBC
Broadcasted: 2007-Jul-02 to 2007-Aug-27
Lead Actors: Yoon Eun Hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun Gyun, Chae Jung Ahn

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

Coffee Prince! Coffee Prince! Coffee Prince! I love Coffee Prince! I think I've already said this in previous drama posts but I love watching anything with actress Yoon Eun Hye. I just think she is good whether it is as a girl, boy, good, evil, sexy, cute anything! I just love her and as far as gender bender drama actresses I think she is far better than Park Shin Hye.

The drama follows the basic poor woman, rich man with gender bender spin to it, but I tend to love girly things like that. It also has actor Kim Jae Wook, who I think is super dreamy... And get this, in the drama he also speaks Japanese, makes waffles and wears black nail polish. I swear to god he is the reason why I started wearing black nail polish (I know what drama I'm going to do next weeeeeekkkk!!!). Oh yeah and because it is Yoon Eun Hye, the kissing/do it scenes are soooo much better, she is actually one of the few actresses who actually kiss back. Way to go! Love ya gal!

Basic Synopsis: Go Eun Chan, a Tae Kwon Do instructor, gives up her feminine image and lives her life with multiple jobs trying to pay off the debts of her family. Choi Han Gyul is a rich grandson of a huge food company who is forced to go on dates because of his grandmother. Han Gyul mistakes Eun Chan as a man and pays her to play his gay lover to fend off the blind dates. Han Gyul is then forced to take over a coffee shop going under and turn it into a profitable business. Eun Chan ends up with a job at the coffee shop but must keep her gender a secret. Romantic scenarios start to make everyone in the shop question his sexuality.

There's no trailer video for you guys this week because there is no good ones!!! Let me know if you have one.