The Amazing Race Asia 3 (TARA3) fields its first-ever South Korean team in the form of the sporty Hong brothers – William (홍우림 – Hong Woo-rim) and Isaac (홍이삭 – Hong I-sak).
South Korea reps: The Hong brothers – William (left) & Isaac – are
participating in the upcoming TARA3
The brothers are sports commentators and football agents for professional players. They are working in the same office and even share the same apartment. Issac at 29, is the elder of the two. William is 26.
08.08.08: Big Bang drops their 3rd mini album Stand Up today!
Today’s an auspicious date – one that bears witness to the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing! And on this day, Big Bang has released their 3rd mini album entitled Stand Up!
The first song off the six-track album is Haru Haru (Day by Day). Check out the MV featuring actress Park Min-young below!
Seen it already? G-Dragon and T.O.P. get into fisticuffs over the chick, who harbours a secret (don’t they all?). T.O.P. is actually in cohorts with the girl to “protect” G-Dragon by becoming the 나쁜 남자 (bad guy) here.
I like the rap battle that goes on between the two. However, G-Dragon’s hair band-and-eyeliner-look is so…yuck.
Anyway, Haru Haru is going to be another Big Bang hit – these boys are SO on a roll, aren’t they?
Happy Friday…and Happy 08.08.08 everyone!
Centre of attention: G-Dragon and T.O.P. of Big Bang vie for the affections of Park Min-young (pic above)in the Haru Haru MV
Gentleman: G-Dragon lends Park Min-young a helping hand during the Haru Haru MV shoot
As most of you who have been following this blog would know, i had the chance to photograph on the Red Carpet at the recent 2008 MTV Asia Awards in Genting, Malaysia.
This is my first time on the Red Carpet, much less photographing the gorgeous stars. I was very intimidated. Some photogs had very sophisticated equipment and years of experience. Some had more than one camera, some had a two-step ladder to help them get a better shot. All i had with me was my Nikon D40 with its kit lens. No extra zoom lens, no external flash…
RTM reporter giving a live report. It was pandemonium on the Red Carpet. Fans were screaming and everyone was excited!
Photographers and media were on one side of the Red Carpet, and we were confined in a wooden box about chest high. Official photographers of the event however, get to walk around freely.
It was a photography battlefield out there, and i had no friends. Everyone was vying for good pictures. To each his own. You’ve got to push and squeeze your way through to get a good shot. I even heard of a photog stepping on someone else’s equipment bag to get a better shot.
I was really scared…what if i didn’t get any good pics of Super Junior to take home for you guys? Yeah that was my greatest fear.
I stuck close to a very experienced and professional photographer from Getty images (Kristian Dowling) and managed to get these shots. Thank God for Kristian. 😉
Photos are in order of arrival. Enjoy…
First to arrive were the gorgeous MTV VJs : Denise Keller, Taya Rogers, Utt and JuJu
Jabbawockeez Don’t you think the 2nd one from the right dresses so much like JT? I got a shock when he arrived…i thought it was Justin Timberlake! 😛
So Orchid and I were not in the Arena of Stars where the 2008 MTV Asia Awards ceremony was held. We were at the Basement of Theme Park Hotel, which is next to the Arena of Stars.
I was in the Press Room, a rather small room where the stars would drop by after receiving their award. They would then give interviews to the press.
Super Junior: (l-r) Shiwon, Ryeowook, Heechul, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Yesung, Sungmin & Eeteuk (yay! I’m so happy I finally recognise them)
So I waited for Super Junior. I remembered counting the 10 chairs on stage and thinking to myself that if SuJu were to come, one of them would have to stand.
The award ceremony started at 7pm (ended at about 9.30pm) and I watched it through the LCD screens provided in the room.
There was an audio glitch at the start so I didn’t get to hear the song dance crew Jabbawockeez was dancing to. Great choreography, by the way :-P.
Shiwon speaks English
And the winner is…: Super Junior steps up to accept the Favourite Artist Korea Award. They beat out Big Bang, Girls Generation and Wonder Girls.
Super Junior received the Favourite Korean Artist Award, which was the first one handed out that night. As you know by now, Shiwon gave a thank you speech in English. I was pleasantly surprised.
Here’s what he said:
Eeteuk: 감사합니다. 우리 슈퍼주니 – 어! (Thank you. We are Super Junior!)
Fans ELFs: ‘We love you all forever and ever. Thank you!’
Shiwon: Ah, I’m so honoured, thank you. I would like to say thank you everyone for all your love and support. This wasn’t possible without you all.
I want to thank Mr. Soo-man Lee our producer and Mr. Young-mi Kim our president, he’s like our Superman. Thank you.
And our staff and families, friends and from our heart, fans ELFs – we love you all forever and ever. Thank you!
Eeteuk: 감사합니다. 우리 슈퍼주니- 어! 감사합니다. (Thank you. We are Super Junior! Thank you.)
I had to leave the Press Room to watch Super Junior perform since Favourite Artist Hong Kong winner Leo Ku was in the middle of an interview then.
I watched SuJu heat up the stage on one of the LCD TVs :-(.
Dance, dance: The boys show off their moves
Soulful: (l-r) Sungmin, Ryeowook & Eunhyuk are part of the 6 members who sang the ballad Mirror live
Yesung, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook, Donghae and Sungmin kicked it off with the ballad Mirror, before all 11 boys (minus members Hankyung and Kibum) launched into their Don’t Don and Thirst (Man in Love) medley – they so rock.
I wanna go for their Super Show concert now. Me want more!
Let us entertain you: Fans go wild as SuJu takes the stage
Quick check: ‘Darn, why are our shoelaces undone?’
The boys lip-synced their fast tracks, and a local reporter said that it was a “top notch mimed performance” :-P.
Super Junior didn’t turn up at the Press Room and I was a little bit disappointed. All that waiting for nothing…I guess they had to rush back to South Korea to promote their new track Pajama Party.
Nonetheless, here are some…err, interesting comments by the mainstream reporters I overheard in the Press Room:
Miss X: “You know the Korean boyband during the PC? The 2nd guy from the left (Ryeowook), he looks like a girl. I mean, you couldn’t really tell, you know. Just put him in a dress-lah, and you have a girl right there.”
Pretty boy: ‘Do I look like a girl to you?’
Mr. A: “Who cares about the Korean band-lar. There were so many of them. I was outside when the PC was going on. Who cares, man?”
Mr. B: “That one’s so fat (Shindong), people say he ate the other members who aren’t here.”
Hee hee, I think the comments are rather funny. I bet they didn’t know a K-pop fan was around to jot things down. Ha ha…I kinda love my anonymity.
Super Junior, keep your word and come back to Malaysia for the Super Show concert, you hear?!
Before you get upset, it’s a minor injury, friends. She’s alright.
Korean actress Lee Hana, who is currently entertaining the masses (including my Mom) with the very engaging Women of the Sun drama, sustained a cut under her eye during a recent shoot.
Pretty peepers: ‘See, my eyes are OK ;-). No worries.’
Lee, who plays a personal shopping assistant in the KBS drama, was reportedly scratched by a shopping bag. The 26-year-old actress was taken to the hospital for treatment, and has continued with filming. The 20-episode series is drawing to an end soon.
In an interview, Lee told reporters that Women of the Sun is very special to her as it has enabled her to show viewers a completely different side of herself. (Lee usually plays bubbly characters.)
Women of the Sun cast: From left Han Jae-suk, Lee Ha-na, Kim Ji-soo & Jung Gyu-woon
In the series, Lee plays Sa-wol/ Ji-young – a victim of her adopted elder sister’s jealousy. Sa-wol is abandoned by her elder sister, Do-young (Kim Ji-soo), when she was five. Sa-wol then grows up in an orphanage while Do-young lives a life of luxury and becomes a popular TV announcer.
As fate would have it, their paths cross and things get complicated since Do-young is doing all it takes to prevent her parents and Sa-wol from finding out the truth.
Women of the Sun is currently airing in Malaysia on KBS World (Astro channel 303). It’s on every Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm.