[Exclusive] Song Hye-kyo shares beauty secrets with K-popped!

In celebration of becoming the new face of Laneíge, Song Hye-kyo exclusively shares with K-popped! her beauty regime and dieting habits :-).

As of July 2008, the Hwangjiny actress officially replaces Jun Ji-hyun as the spokesperson for the Korean cosmetic brand. Hye-kyo’s first task as spokesperson is to represent the Snow Spring Collection: Snow Bloom.

Read the interview below to learn about the 27-year-old’s favourite Laneíge product, fav Korean dish and secret for staying gorgeous.

How do you feel about being the new face of Laneíge?

Laneíge is popular not only in Korea but also in many other Asian countries as well, and I’m very glad to be a spokesperson for such a brand. I feel a heavy responsibility already as a spokesperson of Laneíge.

I would love to show an attractive image as spokesperson of Laneíge, a leading brand of beauty in Asia, including the domestic market of Korea.

Please expect to see the best of ‘Song Hye Kyo’ as I give my best through the Laneíge ads.

What are your Laneíge favourites and what is your secret to flawless skin?

Laneíge Power Essential Skin Toner is my favourite item. I use it every morning and evening. When it comes to skincare, I put much priority on moisturising and firming-up the skin.

Power Essential Skin Toner is a good item to combat dryness, especially when I’m filming outdoors. Although it is a toner, when applied on the face, it feels like a serum that stays longer, I really love this item.

After a rigorous day at work, I’ll either use Star Pure Treatment Mask (sheet mask) or Water Sleeping Pack. I use these alternatively every night to rejuvenate and refresh my skin.

Usually, I don’t try to cover the skin under thick make-up, I just pay more attention to giving it more radiance by accentuating luminosity.

What is your favorite Korean dish? Are there any special diets you adhere to?

My favourite food is pumpkin soup (호박죽). Pumpkin is good for health and it is also good for reducing the “swollenness” of the body, so I really like it.

For my health, I don’t eat fast food or drink soft drinks. I also prefer fish and vegetables to meat. For keeping my body fit, I try to make and eat Korean food as much as possible and I frequently do stretching exercises after dinner.

How does Song Hye-kyo stay in shape?

I stay in shape by regularly hitting the gym. I’ve adhered to a workout routine since my debut. I exercise more than 4 days a week. What I like most is the 20-minute stretching exercises before and after the workout.

I do full-body stretches such as bending over, while standing, to touch my toes.

After a workout, I usually relax with a nice, warm bath. Water is heated until body temperature and aroma-scented bath herbs like lavender is added to it. It works wonders in chasing away fatigue and stress.

Also, I frequently hydrate the body by drinking water. You can begin your day by drinking two glasses of water on an empty stomach, and complete the daily mission of drinking more than 1.5 liters of water every day.

Special thanks to Laneíge Malaysia for making this possible for K-popped! 🙂

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Sun Lee in Nha Trang parade

Roomies: Sun (right) with her roommate Miss Ireland Lynn Kelly

Miss Korea Universe Sun Lee has been super busy since arriving in Vietnam.

So far, the 25-year-old — along with the rest of the 2008 Miss Universe delegates — visited a children’s village in Hanoi, enjoyed the beauty of Ha Long Bay and paraded down the streets of Nha Trang.

Parade: Rather blurry photo of Sun during the June 30 parade

The beauties are currently all settled at the Diamond Bay Resort, a spanking new hotel in Nha Trang. The hotel’s so new that some sections are still under construction! The ladies will be staying put until the Miss Universe 2008 showdown, which will be held at the Crown Convention Center on July 14.

But before that, here are some tid bits on Sun Lee’s activities as she vies for the Miss Universe title and diamante tiara.

SOS Children’s Village Hanoi

Happy children: Sun puts a smile on the ‘lil ones’ faces

It was a hot day when some of the beauty delegates visited the children’s village on June 27. An eyewitness said that Sun Lee, who was wearing an ankle-length dress, started dancing the with the children and fluffed her dress to make cool air for them. Ha ha, so cute.

Sword auction

Remember that samurai sword Sun danced with during the National Costume parade? Well, it was auctioned off during a charity gala on June 28 in Ha Long Bay.

For charity: Proceeds from the sale of the
sword go to charity

Sun told her coach Ines Ligron that her sword was sold for US$5,000 (RM16,331). Oh yeah, and the crowd shouted for Sun to give the sword one last twirl before parting with it ;-).

The highest bid for the night was Miss Belgium’s Swarovski-encrusted jewelry, which fetched US$15,000 (RM48,991)! Proceeds from the auction go to the Nguyen Thai Binh Scholarship fund for disadvantaged students.

Arrival in Nha Trang

Sun Lee and the gang arrived in Nha Trang at 3pm on June 29. They were then ushered onto buses that carried them to the Diamond Bay Resort.

Touchdown: Sun arrives in Nha Trang
Transportation: The buses that ferried the beauties
to their hotel from the airport

Coming up next: The beauty delegates will be in a swimsuit fashion show/ competition on July 2. The winner will walk away with US$2,000. K-popped! will try to keep you updated :-).

Sun Lee @ the 2008 Miss Universe pageant
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Fashion or faux-pas: Scary Shoes

Now Korea and Japan have been known for their interesting and even quirky fashion sense. The gaudy and colourful ensembles adopted by Korean men and women…the huge tent-like dresses in fashion these days…but these scary shoes from Japan has got to take the cake!

These are from Japan and since Korea is so close to the land of the rising sun, it’s not long before these hot looks from Japan crosses over.

I mean who in their right minds would wear these shoes, unless:

  1. You’re a ballerina and need the extra practice
  2. You are very very VERY vertically challenged and need the extra height boost
  3. Want to scare the daylights out of your friends, family and boyfriend!
  4. You are related to Frankenstein

If you can think of any other reason why one would wear these outrageous footwear and let your feet go through all that torture, please tell us!!!

Scary shoe #1: Red Mary Janes


Scary shoe #2: Gogo boots – these boots are NOT made for walkin’


Scary shoe #3: Red stilt boots


Scary shoe #4: Black laced ballerinas


Scary shoe #5: The horse shoe


Bae Yong-joon on Malaysian TV

It’s about time Top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon gets his share of airtime on Malaysian TV :-). Read on to find out what Yonsama shows are about to be shown:

Title: Taewangsashinki/ The Legend (2007)
Date: June 30, 2008 onwards
Time: 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Channel: Astro Shuang Xing (Channel 324)
Audio/Subs: Your choice of Korean or Mandarin audio with either Bahasa Malaysia or Chinese subtitles.

Bae Yong-joon’s fantastical epic drama will be aired on Astro Shuang Xing tonight! However, the bad news is, you’ll have to be a subscriber of the New Emperor package to be able to access the channel. We didn’t purchase it, so no Bae Yong-joon to watch tonight.

According to Yokee of BYJ’s Malaysia Family, there will be 32 episodes as the series has been edited from the original 24 to better fit the time slot.

Title: Winter Sonata (2002)
Date: July 5 (Sat), 12, 19 & 26
Time: 10am onwards
Channel: KBS World (Channel 303)

In celebration of KBS World’s 5th anniversary, the Bae Yong-joon/ Choi Ji-woo smash hit drama Winter Sonata will be aired every Saturday in July. Four episodes will be aired consecutively from 10am onwards!

Ah, excellent for me as I have not watched the series…oh no, wait, I have something on this Saturday…ack! And I don’t have Astro Maxx! I guess no BYJ for me this week :-(.

Anyway, if that’s still not enough, you can always join the BYJ Malaysia Family. Did you know that during their recent party to celebrate the Family’s 5th anniversary, the gals received an autographed picture from hunky oppa himself? Mmm hmmm, check it out below ;-).

Pic from Absolutely BYJ.
Oppa, ‘Apa khapar?’ spelling 틀려요. ‘Apa khabar?’ – 맞아요.

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Let's Go on a Trip with Lee Seung-ki

Vakay: ‘여행을 떠나요!’

I bet many would love to. But we’re not talking about a trip, trip; but his latest song entitled Let’s Go on a Trip or 여행을 떠나요.

The 21-year-old cutie pie singer — who also happens to be one of guys on the very popular reality travelogue-like series 1 Night 2 Days (1백 2일) — covers an 80s Korean summer classic that just makes you wanna get up and boogie.

Original: Cho Yong-pil sang it back in the
good old 80s

The track, which was originally sung by Cho Yong-pil, appears in Seung-ki’s album of cover versions that was released on May 19 this year. The album is entitled When a Man Loves a Woman Vol. 2.

I like the song. Check out Seung-ki’s live performance of the song on Music Bank below – it rocks!

Oh, and Seung-ki isn’t the only one who has covered the song (after all, it’s a classic, right?). The artists of SM Town got together the summer of 2007 and recorded the track too.

Hit the play button below to watch stars like BoA, TVXQ, VJ Isak, SuJu and many more sing the feel-good summertime track.

Pics credit: Newsen

Stars at the 45th Daejong Awards in Seoul

Dressed to the nines: (Top, l-r) Kim Sung-ryung,
Han Chae-young and Han Ye-seul. (Bottom, l-r):
Im Soo-jung,
Park Jin-hee and
Kim Ah-joong

The 45th Grand Bell Awards a.k.a the Daejong Awards was held at the Coex Convention Hall in Seoul on June 27. It is touted to be the oldest surviving film fest awards in South Korea.

Here’s a peek at some of the more familiar (to us) Hallyu stars at the glitzy event.

Daniel Henney, who has been busy filming X-Men Origins: Wolverine in New Zealand, attended the ceremony to pick up his award for Best New Actor (My Father).

Numero Uno: ‘Yeah baby, Daniel Henney’s
back, and I’m number #1′

Overwhelmed: ‘Oh no, my mind’s gone blank…
my Korean’s still bad…how do I say ‘thank
you’ in English again?!! Gosh’

Han Ye-seul bagged the award for Best New Actress (Miss Gold Digger).

Winner: ‘Me a gold digger? You’ve gotta be kiddin’.
I’m the one holding the award.’

Meanwhile, Kim Yoon-seok added another trophy to his collection when he won The Most Popular Actor award for his role in The Chaser. Kim bagged the Best Supporting Actor award (Tazza) last year.

Cool as ice: ‘Heya. Thanks.’

Kim Yun-jin scooped up the award for The Most Popular Actress (Seven Days) and the award was presented to her by the previous year’s winner Kim Ah-joong.

Silky shine: ‘Yes, before I announce the
winner…thanks to Pantene, my lustrous
long locks shine.’

Illusion: Did Kim Yun-jin (right) learn a trick or
two from David Copperfield? How did she get her
waist to disappear?

Ho ho ho: ‘I bet I scared the pants off all of you
with my waist-disappearing trick! Wanna see
another one?’

The Wondergirls taunted and teased with So Hot. While thespian Choi Jung-won did her Chicago number.

Heatwave: Wondergirls show proof that none of them
missed their waxing appointment.

Cleopatra complex: Choi Jung-won’s too lazy to walk today,
so she ordered a few muscle men to help her get around.

MCs: Kim Ah-joong (right) and Choi Ki-hwan
entertain the crowd by flirting with each other

Trophy: Cha Tae-hyun is a Hallyu star!

Pink lady: Im Soo-jung looks radiant after
slapping on some SKII before arriving

Peace to mankind!: Ara (right) translates
Andre Kim’s alien speak

Source & Pics credit: Newsen

Last year’s winners’ list:
The 44th Daejong Awards (8th June 2007)

VJ Isak and Evan head to Manila

If you don’t already know, Arirang TV’s popular music program Pops in Seoul is heading to Manila, the Philippines in celebration of its 1,000th episode.

In our earlier reports, we stated that Min Kyung-hoon of rock band Buzz will be the guest singer at the event. That’s not the case anymore.

Coming (to the Philippines) soon: VJ Isak and Evan
will be receiving some pinoy love

The update we received announces that Evan a.k.a Yoo Ho-suk, who is formerly of Click B, will be replacing Min.

Both VJ Isak and Evan will appear at the Manila Film Center at 3pm on July 5. Admission is FREE.

Source: K-popped! reader Hannah Petrache & Arirang

Pops in Seoul in the Philippines on July 5
Pops in Seoul goes to Manila for 1,000th episode

Miss Korea Universe Sun Lee goes to Hanoi

Leaving Ho Chi Minh City: Miss Korea Universe Sun Lee leaves for
Hanoi on a bus in this picture taken by Ines Ligron

Miss Korea Universe, Sun Lee, and the rest of the Miss Universe beauty delegates departed for Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City on June 25.

The ladies then participated in a Night Parade in Hanoi.

Hello Hanoi!: Sun Lee joins the night parade

Trishaw ride?: Sun (left) and Miss Norway Universe
Mariann Birkedal enjoy an evening ride

Man, I didn’t know there were so many activities for the beauty queens – tour of the country, frolicking at beaches, gastronomical indulgences, shopping and such. It’s like a paid vacation – it must be good to be a beauty queen.

After Hanoi, the strikingly beautiful women will then journey to Ha Long Bay World Heritage site before finally stopping at Nha Trang, where the showdown takes place on July 14. Whoo hoo!

But before departing Ho Chi Minh City, the contestants charmed the masses in the Duyen Dang Ao dai (Charming Ao dai) charity fashion show.

Selected delegates sashayed down the catwalk dressed in Vietnam’s traditional costume – the Ao dai. It’s a beautiful two-piece ensemble of a long tunic and trousers. Sun Lee (25) took part in the fashion show as well :-). Kewl bananas!

Lovely: Sun Lee in an Ao dai

However, walking away with bragging rights for being the “Best in Ao dai” is 22-year-old Miss Venezuela Dayana Mendoza.

Ao dai winner: Miss Venezuela Universe in an Ao dai
designed by local designer Vo Viet Chung

Oh and guess what? Sun Lee’s coach Ines Ligron predicts that Miss Venezuela will bag the Miss Universe title this year. Even Sun Lee and Hiroko Mima (Miss Japan Universe who is also being coached by Ligron) are aware of her prediction!

Check out her blog, it’s in one of her comment threads.

Source: InesLigron’s blog, Thanh Nien Daily
Pics credit: InesLigron’s blog

Sun Lee @ the 2008 Miss Universe pageant
Sun Lee’s a Korean Warrior for 2008 Miss Universe pageant
Lee Ji-seon all set for Miss Universe 2008 pageant

My Wife is a Gangster 3 (2006)

Korean title: 조폭 마누라 3 (Jo-pok Ma-noo-ra 3)
Director: Cho Jin-gyu

What’s popping:

Lee Beom-soo – isn’t he hilarious in the movie? There were moments when I found myself laughing out loud at his dialogue and slapstick comedy.

Of course, some of the gross comedy is played out a little too long, especially the puking in the toilet scene – YUCK. But that’s more of a personal phobia – I had a traumatic experience with vomit when I was a wee lass.

Oh Ji-ho Oppa – aiyoyo, what’s with the male ponytail? But I have to admit, he plays the bumbling idiotic sidekick rather well. Expect to see Oppa doing lots of dim-witted antics.

However, the character that is consistently entertaining is Hyun Young’s Korean-Chinese interpreter who uses her skill to her advantage, especially after discovering what Aryoung (Shu Qi) is capable of.

Interpret this: ‘Don’t mess with me Gi-chul, you don’t
know the language.’

It’s unfortunate that Shu Qi, who plays the lead in the flick, disappoints. It’s not because she didn’t put in a good performance, but because she had so little to do – looking pissed most of the time is about all that is required of her.

Also, the action sequences that involve Shu Qi are badly handled. I think I spotted a stunt body double for the actress during the fight in the bar. Why does she need a stunt double? She rocks in action sequences! Just watch So Close (I enjoyed that one…and Song Seung-hun had a token role in it? Dang, I didn’t know who he was then).

Apart from that, the stunt choreography in MWIAG3 is clumsy and clumsily edited. It fails to glam up Aryoung’s character.

Step aside: ‘And let the expert deal with this.’

There’s more: the plot feels like it’s all over the place as the storyline doesn’t keep you engrossed, and the “love story” comes at you out of the blue. I guess the NINE screenwriters (too many cooks!) had to conjure the romance bit up so the plot would jell with the movie’s title.

And speaking of the title, don’t let it fool you. The film has no connection whatsoever with the first and second flick of the same title starring Shin Eun-gyeong. Yup, Mantis isn’t mentioned nor does she make an appearance here. Talk about blatantly riding on past successes (if you want to call it that, because I didn’t quite like the previous two flicks either).

MWIAG3 makes below average entertainment, but I guess it has its use. For me, it was good to just zone out before the TV with the film on as I relax after my Korean language test :-).

The plot:

Aryoung (Shu Qi) is a force to be reckoned with. The ruthless daughter of a Hong Kong triad boss is sent to South Korea to lay low after murdering a rival triad boss.

Hello, is it me you’re lookin’ for?: Gi-chul (right, Lee Beom-soo)
and his boys meet Aryoung (Shu Qi).

Aryoung ends up living with a small-fry Korean gangster named Gi-chul (Lee Beom-soo). Comedy ensues when Gi-chul and his boys, along with an interpreter, gradually discover Aryoung’s real identity and lethal skills.

Watch it:

I tuned in to Astro Kirana (Channel 122) on June 25 at 10.45pm. I’m pretty sure it will be aired again so please check your Astro TV guide. It’s in Korean with your choice of English or Bahasa Malaysia subtitles.

Alternatively, you can get the DVD.

Pics credit: Hancinema

My Wife is a Gangster 2
My Wife is a Gangster
Lee Beom-soo shows off sculpted physique

Song Hye-kyo in Shanghai for Laneige

Lovely: Song Hye-kyo models for Laneige

The beautiful Song Hye-kyo was in Shanghai, China on June 24 to launch the summer collection of Laneige’s Premium make-up line.

The 27-year-old has replaced Jun Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl) as the face of the Korean cosmetics brand.

Here are some more pictures of the Hwangjiny actress, who is set to star alongside Hyunbin in the drama The World That They Live In.

Layered: SHK’s dress reminds me of
Indonesian layer cake. Yum!

Drink: ‘Hee hee they gave me water and
champagne? What a no-brainer. Champagne it is!’

Pics credit: Amore Pacific via Hankooki

Song Hye-kyo in John Woo’s 1949
Good bye Bi-Kyo, hello Hye-bin!?
Song Hye-kyo is the new face of Laneige