Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Origami Design by Brian Chan

Brian Chan is a very talented Origami designer!!! He has many great works and all made from one piece of paper. Make sure to check out his website for more awesome shhhtuuufff!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Drama - I Am Legend

Genre: Music, Romance, Drama
Episodes: 16
Network: SBS
Broadcasted: August 2 - September 21, 2010
Lead Actors: Kim Jung Eun, Lee Jun Hyuk, Kim Seung Su

My Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

Ok so no. There are no vampires. It doesn't take place in New York and there is no Will Smith. Let's get this straight from the start. It has absolutely no affiliation to the movie, it literally translates to I Am Legend.

I particularly liked this drama because it didn't follow the typical pretty boy/girl love story. In fact, there's not really much of the typical romance. I think the theme of older women going on to find a dream in their 30's is a recurring and often looked down upon thing in both cultures. Older women are supposed to take care of the children and be concerned about family, not pursuing a hard to reach dream of starting up a rock band. This drama really shows the hardships and prejudices these women face in a reality that I think is not too different.

This drama also has one of the most evil mother-in-law characters I've seen. I mean, this family she married into is soooooooo evil. They are ARROGANT and complete ASSHOLES. I was surprised she didn't get a divorce sooner. They did not like her so they treated her cruelly and then when she wanted a divorce, they wouldn't give it to her! All because they said it would ruin their reputation! Arghhh! I hate that! Ugh! So it is a terrible terrible battle in and out of court for her freedom.

Basic Synopsis:Jun Seol Hee is trapped in a horrible marriage with her uncaring husband and his awful family. She can't take it anymore and decides to divorce him to get back to her roots as a rock band guitar player. But it's not so easy to divorce and go their own ways. The arrogance of his family lead the two divorcees through a terrible trial...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Superhero of Bejing

So...this is kind of old news but I haven't seen anything on the internet with a reliable information base. news about this superhero that's turned up in China. Last Christmas Eve, a masked woman nicknamed the "Rosebud Woman" showed up on the streets of Bejing, China to hand out food, clothing and even money to the needy and homeless on the streets. She has been stirring up interest with the public and even has a fan site in which she uses to talk to her growing fan base.

Not only is the Rosebud Woman running around Bejing helping the needy, she's looking good doing it! A true superhero with ample bosom to back it up. I can't find a lot of information on this woman, even the fan site eludes me, but let's take a look at some more sexy images.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

K-Pop Obsession: Sunny Hill's The Grasshopper Song

I'm very excited about this weeks obsession!!! As anyone who lives with me knows, I've been super annoying, making sure everyone has seen it. I love Sunny Hill and every music video they've done I've just been floored with. This group and their MV director really have put a lot of effort and energy into making all their music videos successful and most importantly supportive of the messages in their songs.

The Grasshopper Song uses Aesop's tale of "The Grasshopper and Ant" to shake up people and get them to think about their lives. Life can't be all work or all play. You need to find a balance to ensure your life is a happy and full-filling one! Great job Sunny Hill! The video is awesome, the song is awesome, the costumes are awesome, and the dance is awesome!!! Ling-a-ling-a-ling (it's supposed to be ring-a-ring-a-ring)!

Here is the translation of what the narrator is saying in the beginning:

Grasshopper and ants are famous bugs we know.
We all know the tale of the "Grasshopper and Ant" very well.
Here is the Ant.
He receives many awards and thoroughly prepares supplies.
Ah, the sound of someone leaving.
There is the Grasshopper, that is the problem.
This seems to be the scene where the lonely Grasshopper leaves.
It's state looks bad.
Some ants are making a fuss.
The feeling is different from the story we know.
She's got to beg or die of starvation.
She will be dead, indeed?
Really, she has to beg today or die tomorrow.
Here is the Grasshopper, she has something to tell us.

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

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Lunar New Year!!!

Wow, it's already Year of the Dragon! For those of you who don't know Lunar New Year is determined by the lunisolar calendar used in countries that have adopted Confucian and Buddhism. The day is generally determined by the first full moon of the regular(?) New Year. Did you get your red packets filled with money?! I sure did! Let's take a look at the Year of the Dragon:

2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952

"The dragon epitomizes the yang (male/warm) energy. Those with the dragon as their animal sign are lively people who are straight to the point, proud, full of enthusiasm and have great passion for life. They are dynamic and stand out in a crowd as they are flamboyant and tend to leave a blazing trail behind them, igniting passion in some, but also scorching others who fall to ride the wave with them. Dragons are also profoundly loyal to family and friends and think nothing of laying their lives down to protect their brood. Although sincere and honest, dragons are known to act first, think later, and suffer in leisure."

Some people who were Dragons: Bruce Lee, Joan of Arc, John Lennon, Salvador Dalí

Let's have fun this year! Fighting!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Drama - Brilliant Legacy

Alternate Names: Shining Inheritance/Beautiful Legacy
Genre: Family, Romance
Episodes: 28
Network: SBS
Broadcasted: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-26
Lead Actors: Lee Seung Ki, Han Hyo Joo, Bae Soo Bin, Moon Chae Won

My Rating: ♥♥♥/5

Happy Lunar New Years!!! Yay!

So this was one of the longer and complicated dramas I've seen so far. It also has one of the most evil stepmother character I've ever seen! I mean, she kicks out her stepdaughter and her autistic brother out onto the street when their only family dies! Who the eff does that?! Anyways, the story line is so complicated and twisted I'm not even going to try to explain. What you need to know is there is an EVIL stepmother, not exactly evil stepsister, father faking his death, spoiled brat guy, and a rich grandmother who has a horrible money grubbing family. I mean that family is horrible, I would not leave them a dime.

Of course, I love Lee Seung Ki because he looks like my younger brother...

Basic Synopsis:Go Eun Seung is a hot tempered girl who comes home from studying abroad to visit her father, brother and extended family. She gets her luggage mixed up with the spoiled rich boy, Sun Woo Hwang, that leads to complications and heated fights. This is when Go Eun Seung's father is mistakingly pronounced dead and her evil step mother kicks out her and her autistic brother out onto the streets...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thai Man Marries His Dead Bride

Thailand, January 18, 2012
In the Thailand province of Surin, a man named Chadil Deffy (also Deff Yingyuen??) decided to marry his dead girlfriend in a ceremony at her funeral. While many find this strange and slightly creepy, many who attended also said that his display of love was very touching and sad. The couple had been dating for ten years and had plans to marry in the future when his future bride, Sarinya "Anne" Kamsook, died in an accident on January 3. Chadil has posted these pictures of the ceremony on his overrun Facebook page in the album titled "Corpse Bride." A little unnerving, no? Weird? Or very fitting?

They had been putting off the engagement because of their studies and overall business of their lives and never settled on a date. A close friend of the groom said that Chadil put on this display out of pure guilt. He regretted not being able to do more for his girlfriend in the ten years together and wished they had not put off their marriage until now.

What do you guys think? Is this sweet or just plain creepy? Looking at their pictures to the right, I think we have found the most hipster guy and the cutest girl in Thailand! It is still sad to see these two people lose each other.

R.I.P. Sarinya Anne Kamsook

via Huffington Post

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Japanese School Girl Gif

Hahahaha! I finally got someone to translate this for me. Apparently, this came from an ad about headaches induced by drinking.

イロイロ たまってる?= Have a lot of things piled up?
жよい子はマネしないでね = Good kids shouldn't imitate this, okay?

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

K-Pop Obsession: BoA's Eat You Up

I'm not a huge fan of BoA but I do admit she has a great voice and range of skills that make her an international star. Unfortunately, there have not been many successful Asian pop stars in the United States. I guess we can sort of count Far East Movement (Who are, by the way, big fans of BoA)...but what have they done lately that has been a big hit? Eat You Up is BoA's first English single released back in 2008. It's 2012 now and not a lot of Americans know about her yet... This pick is very unusual for me, since I'm not a huge R&B listener or even care for her style too much, but I really do enjoy the infectious beat and her dancing. It's very Britney Spears...

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

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Japanese Hornets Take Out Bee Hive

So this doesn't come directly from Asia, but it does involve Japanese hornets. I've never felt so bad for a bee before...they really had no chance against these hornets! Watch and be warned as the BBC brings you a look at 30 Japanese hornets taking out a colony of European Honey Bees. It is amazing and horrifying...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance
Episodes: 20
Network: SBS
Broadcasted: 2011-May-25 to 2011-Jul-28
Lead Actors: Lee MinHo, Park Min Young, Lee Joon Hyuk

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5/5

I just finished this drama a couple days ago and I've got to say, it is one of the best I've seen yet. It has action, guns, romance, and best of all...Lee MinHo! There was some of the best action sequences I've ever seen in a drama. Most of the time it's pretty lame musical dance-fighting technique. I read somewhere that Lee Minho practiced martial arts and stunts months before they even started filming. I'm impressed.

And I've always like Park Min Young (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) she's beautiful and very talented actress. She plays a bodyguard to the President and his daughter in the Blue House (equivalent to the White House). It's kinda cool that in the drama she's a level 4 Taekwondo master, but she's seriously lacking other skills required of a bodyguard. Like say, shooting a modern gun or maybe having common sense about a break-in at your apartment?! I guess that's just me...but how do you safeguard the president when you can't effectively protect yourself? To be fair, she does redeem herself a couple times.

Basic Synopsis: Lee Yoon Sung has been raised ever since he was an infant to take revenge for the deaths of 20 secret opts men, including his father. Finding and dealing his own brand of revenge on the five responsible political figures in Seoul has been everything but easy. Including bullet wounds, espionage and even love...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I Love Egg!!!

This is old, but once in a while it just pops into my head. Today I was making Ramyun and I put an egg in it and I started singing this song! Awesome! I love egg! It has an official website too! Check it out: iloveegg.com

Check out the Korean Version here.

As a bonus check out the I Love Ramyun song below!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

K-Pop Obsession: CN Blue's I'm a Loner

I'm digging up an old classic, one of my favorite Korean rock bands, CN Blue's hit "I'm a Loner." Dddaribiriddaradu! Their image has changed a little since their first hit single but I think they have grown immensely. CN Burning Lovely Untouchable Emotional.

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

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Asian Food Vendors

I recently have been seeing a lot of videos about really interesting food vendors in Asia. So far I have only managed to get about three interesting videos, so if anyone knows of something else I haven't posted, feel free to let me know!

Here is what seems like a water bender in Bangkok, Thailand!!! There are many cool videos of vendors in India and Thailand cooling down tea in interesting ways. This guy is super cool!

I've seen this a couple times in some Korean reality shows. People making popcorn by blowing it up! Pretty cool popcorn cannon!

This is a food vendor I think I've seen in a couple different videos. He's always entertaining as he makes this honey candy? Some say it's cookie? But I just love his "Oh my god!" and "Wooowww!"

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Drama - You're Beautiful

Alternate Names: He's Beautiful / You're Handsome
Genre: Music, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Network: SBS
Broadcasted: 2009-Oct-07 to 2009-Nov-26
Lead Actors: Park Shin Hye, Lee Hong Ki, Jung Yong Hwa, Jang Geun Suk, Uee

My Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

Awwwwww, the start of the New Year and the first drama I want to feature is You're Beautiful!!!! Awwwww, takes me back...one of the first girly Korean dramas for me. So wonderful! So fresh! So exciting! Both leaders of FT Island and CNBlue are main characters! This is the first time I ever saw them and why I got into their music.

With that, the storyline is very typical. Girl cross-dresses as a boy, falls in love with bad boy while nice guy loses out. Add that they're all in a band and you have an drama filled chaos that involves music and paparazzi. This is a drama that really launched the careers of everyone involved, both CN Blue and FT Island have been doing great in the music scene and you always see Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye in other movies/dramas as well as commercials. And the fictional band in the drama, A.N.Jell, really does have a fan group too! For a while I was signing, "I will promise you~~~~~~" around the house for a while.

Basic Synopsis: Go Mi Nyeo grew up with her twin brother, Go Mi Nam, at an orphanage of a Nunnery. She is trying to become a nun when her brother's chance to make it big as an idol is threatened by a botched eye surgery. She agrees to stand in his place because as an idol they both might have a better chance at finding their mother.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

FUCKIN' SALE!!!! 20% OFF!!!

CORRECTION: I apologize deeply, I have been told that this specific shop is located in Osaka, Japan. Please excuse my stupid American ignorance. The shop is called Gallerie and has shops in Kyoto and Osaka. They have some very interesting stuff...I'm gonna have to feature some stuff on another day. You can check out their collection for yourself here @ http://www.galleriebyspinns.com/. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like they offer international shipping...Sorry to all you online shoppers. T_T

As a person who has worked in retail for over five years in a huge ass mall, I certainly have frustrating thoughts about sales and the people who are constantly shopping for a "deal". This is what I want all you addictive shoppers to do: go back to work, stop coming to the mall, and pay off that massive credit card debt you've accumulated this past Christmas season. Looking for deals?! Here! Your bleeping sale!!! Try out this store in Japan. They're having a FUCKIN' SALE.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

K-Pop Obsession: T-ARA & Davichi's We Were In Love

The first obsession of the year is the sad, yet beautiful ballad "We Were in Love." The collaboration of label mates T-ARA and Davichi came out beautifully and despite it's sad feeling I think the song is perfect for the winter season. I felt a real connection to this song and feel that it's going to help me get past whatever heartbreak I encounter...

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

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥.5/5

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Top K-Pop Songs of the Year!

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012! I desperately hope this year will be better than the last, let's be better and get some resolutions done! Just for the New Year, here are my personal list of top ten k-pop songs of the year. My decision was based mostly on the sound of the song and then by music video coolness. Lol.


I have always loved CNBlue and this song was from their latest Korean album, FIRST STEP. Unfortunately, the boys are doing a lot of promotion for their Japanese album right now so nothing really new has come out for them in the last couple of months. The only thing is, this song really doesn't follow the "bad boy" image of their first hit from this album and is quite over the top with "cuteness".


I only just started really listening to IU within the last couple months, but I think she is such a talented singer. She really pulls off the whimsical/fairytale look. Her album Last Fantasy just came out and it is great! The stress of producing it made her hair fall out but it was definately well worth it!


These boys are the best! So talented and weird! This music video was shot in Vegas and San Diego, can't you tell?! Despite being set back with a slight scandal (G-Dragon caught smoking marijuana) their fans have been crazy supportive. And if you're wondering who's G-Dragon well, he's always the one with the weirdest outfit. LOL.


I consider this my personal summer song. Despite all the sexiness of the music video I believe Hyuna has major talent, dancing and singing. The song just creeps into your head and you catch yourself singing Bubble Bubble Bubble Pop! The English words in the music video make no sense...


I don't really follow B2st but I just fell in love with this song when I saw the music video. It's easy to follow and has a great sound. The penguin/zombie/shuffle dance move really fits in with the song.


I wish After School would continue to promote their sub units RED and BLUE. I just love the sound of After School RED and they're super sexy! This music video came out really hipster but I love this sub unit the best! Big fan of Nana!


Cube Entertainment is coming out with a bunch of subunits formed from the groups currently under their contract. Hyuna from 4Minute and HyunSeung from Beast make up the group Trouble Maker. Their single TroubleMaker has a great sound, I love the whistling in the beginning and the Thriller tribute dance in the middle of it. Once again Hyuna plays up her sexy image, this time I think they were being a little unfair and should've given her an awesome dance too!


BEG! BEG! BEG! I love this group, all the members are going to be going solo, but will still maintain their group status. Every song they have come out with I have loved. It's been a while since they had a comeback, but it was well worth the wait! And that high note near the end is in three parts.


Such great dancers and performers! I actually had three of their songs on my list but decided I should get a little more variety in here. I have never seen a group of people perform so n'sync before! Wonderful!


And of course! 2NE1!!! It was a huge year for these girls, they had some of the best singles out this year! You are the best! Keep it up girls, I hope see new and exciting things from 2NE1 in the New Year.