JYP loses 10kg for his stage comeback

Published on November 10, 2007 by in Buzz, Music


Music mogul and Rain‘s mentor Park Jin-young a.k.a. JYP will be releasing his 7th album on November 16.

JYP has released a teaser poster for his back to stage JYP comeback album. Park (35) shows off his naked sinewy well-toned upper body in the poster.

Determined to look good and get back into shape for his stage comeback, Park lost 10kgs. He will be performing on November 17th at the 2007 Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF). So mark that down on your calendars if you are a JYP fan.

Source & Pics Credit: Osen

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PuriCute your pictures

Want to add cutesy elements to your pictures to make them oh-so-adorable? Then head on to PuriCute (www.puricute.com), a website that allows you to decorate, personalise and publish your enhanced photos on personal websites, blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook (yeah, try it there. K-popped! has a group going on, if you don’t already know ;-) ).

We got a referral to the site in the e-mail one day and after a little digging, we discovered that the site is co-founded by a Korean and a Japanese. K-popped!’s request for an e-mail interview with Mr. Jun Kim and Mr. Kanya Suzuki went unheeded though. Bummer.

Ah well, we make do with what we’ve got, yah? After testing the site out here’s my conclusion.

If you are too shy to step up to one of those huge sticker machines at shopping malls then log on to PuriCute, upload your most smashing pix and go wild decorating it with the cute elements available. It works in a similar way to the machines as it enhances your pictures by adding cute graphics, words and even animation.

Check out what I did with my picture above. I admit, I got a little carried away and the pic’s a little “busy”. I’m sure you can do a better job of PuriCute-ing yourself, so go ahead :-) .

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Travelling to Wudaokou in Beijing

Published on November 9, 2007 by in Travel

Yesterday, K-popped! trio took a trip to Wudaokou. We got an anonymous tip on our blog recommending that we visit Wudaokou because it is Beijing’s Little Korea. Thanks to the comment, we ventured more than 12 subway stops to the capital’s Haidian university district where students from around the world gather. Although it was a little far, we had such an adventure getting there and spent a leisurely afternoon at the district.

At night, Wudaokou is said to be the most happening place to party in Beijing!

K-popped! ventured to Wudaokou by Beijing Subway.
It is amazing that you can travel anywhere in Beijing
via subway for only RMB2 (RM1).


Between the prestigious Tsinghua University and the boisterous Beijing Foreign Language University lies Wudaokou – a quaint quarter in the capital that has been completely rebuilt. You will notice that it is significantly cleaner here compared to downtown Beijing. There are boutiques, bookstores as well as trendy restaurants and bars around the area. We spotted South Korean and Japanese eateries, American fast food chains and European coffee shops and pizzerias.


Boutiques and bookshops aplenty at Wudaokou


Tous Les Jours – the French bakery is prominently located at a crossroads
near the subway station. It is where the young and chic enjoy

a cuppa by the verandah. Orchid was so excited to hear Korean
drama soundtrack music wafting through the speakers

as you approach the French eatery.


The Microsoft Office at Wudaokou


K-popped! as usual was looking for Korean shops and eateries and we spotted a couple…


Green Tree – a Korean mini mart smack in the middle of Wudaokou


Korean restaurant and bar with a little stall in
front selling a Korean snack

Stay tuned for more Wudaokou adventures from the K-popped! Trio.


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Saranghae stars hold press conference

I wonder what Seo Ji-hye is saying because Ahn Jae-wook
doesn’t look like a happy camper

The stars of new drama series Saranghae (사랑해/ I Love You), which is adapted from a manhwa series, held a press conference in Seoul on Nov 7.

Seo Ji-hye looking oh-so pretty

The 16-episode drama stars Ahn Jae-wook and Seo Ji-hye (Over the Rainbow). They play a couple who are expecting a baby after a one night stand. The drama will portray the modern generation’s view on love and marriage as well as the responsibility of parenthood.


Ahn Jae-wook will play a 34-year-old comic author while Seo Ji-hye will play Young Hee, the young lady who gets pregnant.

Seo’s Over the Rainbow co-star Hwanhee of Fly to the Sky duo also has a supporting role in the drama.

Hwanhee addresses the crowd

Saranghae, which started filming on Sept 27, is scheduled to go on air early 2008.

Afraid that his co-star Park Hye-young will lose her way while
getting onstage, Hwanhee decides to hold her hand

Park Hye-young

Source: Saranghae @ Soompi
Pics credit: Hankooki

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Beyonce arrives for concert in Seoul

Published on November 8, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

First Paris Hilton arrives, then now, it’s Beyonce (비욘세)!

Beyonce Knowles arrived at Incheon airport, South Korea on 8th November afternoon. She will be performing at the Olympic Park gymnastics arena on the 9 and 10 November.

Even after a long flight, Beyonce arrives at
Incheon International Airport looking fresh
and cheery


I just love kids. When will me and Jay-Z have our own…


This will be Beyonce’s first full fledge concert in Seoul, Korea. The last time Beyonce was in Seoul was in October 2007 where she accompanied her boyfriend Jay-Z. Majority of her fans who will be attending the concert are domestic (Koreans).

Miss Bootylicious will also be performing in Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai and Manila for her 2007 B’Day World Tour.

Miss Bootylicious strikes a pose in
skin tight jeans and gold stilettos


Look! I can pose the Korean way too!


Recommend you my plastic surgeon?
I’m sorry but I was born with this face,
plus great skin and hair

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Paris Barbie arrives in Korea

Published on November 8, 2007 by in Buzz, Fashion

American heiress and socialite Paris Hilton (패리스 힐튼) arrived on 7th November afternoon at South Korea’s Kyonggi-Do Kimp’o airport.

The Hollywood celebrity is the face of FILA Korea and will be in Korea for 5 days to promote the sportswear brand.

Paris Hilton in pink arrives at Korea
looking very much like a Barbie doll

An-nyeong everybody!!
When in Korea, do as the Koreans –

Hilton poses like the Koreans

How do I look? Am I too sexy for you?
Hilton was of course dressed from head to toe in FILA.
White FILA beannie, white sweat suit and shocking pink parka,
down to the white shoes and plasticky Fila bags.
To get the look, rush to the nearest Fila outlet.

Her mountainous luggage. Check out the pink one!

Gosh, I just love all the attention I am getting!

Ms Hilton, enjoy your stay in Korea.
Don’t forget to eat lots of kimchi!

Pics credit: Newsen, Osen

For more:
Paris Hilton’s 1st ever press conference in Korea

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Anyband meets the press

Published on November 7, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

Anyband, Samsung’s new marketing concept for their line of Anycall handphones, was introduced to the public this afternoon (Nov 7).

Anyband says ‘hi’ to the public

The quartet, which is made up of Tablo, BoA, Jinbora and TVXQ‘s Xiah, were at the Hangang River Citizen’s Park for the launch and press conference.

TVXQ‘s Xiah

A quick check at the Anycall microsite and it still shows a countdown to something…I’m guessing the band’s new music video? However, there is already an advert, starring Anyband, playing at the site.

Also, the concert button shows that Anyband will be holding a concert on Nov 27 at 7.30pm. Venue? If my Korean doesn’t fail me, then it’s at Central City Millenium…umm, I can’t read the last block of alphabets. Sorry, anyone out there like to help?

Jinbora, the group’s keyboardist?

Tablo

Pics credit: Hankooki

Related:
BoA, Xiah, Tablo and Jinbora are Anyband

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Jung Ryu-won (정려원)

If you watch My Lovely Sam-soon, you’ll see Jung Ryu-won conversing fluently in English with co-star Korean-American Daniel Henney. That’s because the 25-year-old actress was raised Down Under. Her family migrated to Brisbane, Australia when she was 12.

Things weren’t peachy while growing up as the lass didn’t fit in initially. She was even spat at when she was in 6th grade. She said: “I was standing at a pedestrian crossing one day and a car stopped. The driver rolled down the window and spat at me, shouting, ‘Go home!’”

While she didn’t understand what happened then, Ryu-won became determined to perfect her English and rapidly made progress with the language. A year later, she represented Asian graduates and gave a speech about her experience being discriminated against.

Ryu-won‘s ambition was to become either a translator or professor but that changed when she returned to Korea in 1999. A talent scout discovered her and promptly recruited her for an all-girl quartet called Chakra.

After she left the group, she confessed that she felt uncomfortable with her sexy image during her years in Chakra.

Ryu-won proved to be a bona fide actress when she appeared in the highly-popular 2005 drama series My Lovely Sam-soon.

Name: Jung Ryu-won / Jeong Ryeo-won (정려원)
Real name: Jung Yu-won/ Jeong Yeo-won (정여원)
Nicknames: Hot Dog and DaRamJue (squirrel) – 왜요?
Date of birth: Jan 21, 1982
Height: 168cm
Weight: 45kg
Blood type: B
Education: JoongPyun Elementary, MacGregor State High School, Griffin University

Movies:

  • Two Faces Of My Girl Friend (2007)
  • My Boyfriend is Type-B (2005)
  • Emergency 19 (2002)

TV dramas:

Source: DramaWiki & Wikipedia
Pic credit: HanCinema

Related:
Jung Ryeo-won to represent Koreans overseas
Tongue-ing it

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Kwon Sang-woo cries for Bad Love

Published on November 7, 2007 by in Dramas
Sang-woo oppa is heartbroken

Check out the preview of Kwon Sang-woo‘s latest drama, Bad Love.

Sang-woo oppa cries until he has a headache?

The 31-year-old hunk cries his heart out for lost love. Such anguish, such heartbreak. Sang-woo sshi goes overtime with the waterworks.


Bad Love will start airing in Korea on Dec 3.

Watch the video at StarNews here.

Pic & video stills credit: StarNews

Related:
Bad Love ratings, rants and behind-the-scenes
Bad Love drama synopsis and recaps of each episode
Listen to Bad Love Original Sound Track (OST)

More Kwon Sang-woo

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Big Bang in Japan

Published on November 7, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

Big Bang were in Japan recently. Fans think they might be filming their first Japanese music video (MV).

Here are some of the photos






Pics credit: YG Entertainment Japan

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