Hallyu stars celebrate Halloween!

Published on October 31, 2007 by in Buzz, Fashion

HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!!

In this special Halloween post, we let the Hallyu stars show you how to wear the colour orange without looking like a giant pumpkin (pardon the pun Rooster ;-) .




  • Jeon Ji-hyeon - girl, you look really sassy in those orange track pants


  • Comedian Park Kyung-rim in a cheerful skirt and blouse ensemble. She shows you how to mix and match in orange!
  • Song Hye-kyo wears orange boots and gets away with it!
  • Kim Tae-hee avoiding the sun with a wide brimmed orange straw hat

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Kim Ah-Joong in a polka dot dress

200 Pounds Beauty star Kim Ah-Joong was invited to a fashion show at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul yesterday (Oct 29).

Check out the polka dot dress she had on :-) .

The 25-year-old seems to like dressing up in black and adding a dash of colour to complete her look, usually with a red accessory. Check out how she dressed up at the Chunsa Film Awards on Sept 14. Similar concept.

Source & Pics credit: Hankooki

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Stars at the 2007 Chunsa Film Awards

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Miss Korea, please be modest

Published on October 29, 2007 by in Fashion

Modesty seems like a thing of the past on the red carpet today. Reigning Miss Korea 2007 Lee Ji-sun (24) appeared at the inaugural Chungmuro International Film Festival recently, dressed in a yellow-orange creation which brought a vibrant splash of colour to the red carpet, but the dress also showed off a lot of skin.


What do you think? Is such blatant exposure suitable for a reigning beauty queen representing her country? Or was it a fashion faux pas?


Source & pic credit: Osen

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Stars at the inaugural Chungmuro International Film Festival

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Love in Asia

What’s popping:

Interesting documentary about foreigners living in Korea. Mainly focusing on interracial marriages and how the foreign spouse adapts to life in Korea.

The episode I caught last night had three stories. The first followed Sri Lankan Dinuka as she and her Korean husband, along with their young son Seul-chan, return to her homeland.

The 2nd story focuses on Pakistani Imran, his hearing impaired wife Hyun-wu and their infant son. In their story, we saw Hyun-wu going for ear surgery soon after childbirth so she can “listen to my husband’s voice and my son’s cries”. Awww….

Halmeoni (Granny) Mariam Johari in a pretty hanbok!

Finally, a story close to home wrapped up the episode – the moving tale of Granny Mariam binti Johari (86), a Malaysian native who went to Korea 61 years ago. She left behind her son and two daughters because she was in love with a Korean man. She followed him back to Korea in 1946 and has been stranded in the country ever since.

We saw how after her plea to see her family was aired on TV, she was given legal alien status by the Korean government, issued a passport and sponsored by the TV program to return to Johor Bahru, Malaysia to meet her family.

Reunion: Halmeoni Mariam with her son
Jelani (70, left) and eldest daughter Ramlah (72).

Wow, she got a hero’s welcome and enjoyed a grand celebration while she was here. Press conferences, silat (Malay martial arts) performances, kompang (Malay hand drum) and bunga mangga (flower displays) entourage all thrown in!

Family portrait: Halmeoni Mariam with her Korean
and Malaysian families.

Tears flowed freely while watching the segment. What a touching story. Oh, and Granny Mariam kept her promise (although 61 years late) to her youngest daughter Jamnah and brought her many boxes of cookies when she visited. *sniff*sniff*

할머니 마리얌 화이팅!

The plot:

  • Stories about interracial families and their love which transcends borders.
  • Stories about foreign workers coming to Korea in search of the “Korean Dream”.
  • Love in Asia connects Korea to the rest of Asia.

Watch it:

  • KBS World (Astro Channel 303)
  • Saturday
  • 10.40pm to 11.40pm
  • Korean with English subtitles

Pics credit: Love in Asia @ KBS World

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Music Bank

Korean title: 뮤직뱅그 (Myu-jik Baeng-keu)

What’s popping:

Just managed to catch the program this week and it rocks. Filled with the latest K-pop tracks and live performances that just wanna make you throw your hands in the air…and wave them like you just don’t care…, this music chart show is one of the better programs on KBS World.


Hosted by Haha (pic above, right) and Lee Hyeon-ji, this week’s offering (hey, it was shown on Oct 5 in Korea. We are getting later episodes?) saw Eru bouncing back on the Comeback Stage and Wonder Girls and Big Bang sharing the Special Stage.

The boys crushed the girls in the performance (watch the video below!). Both groups sang its latest hits with each group sportingly singing the other group’s track.

While Wonder Girls‘ bubblegummy Tell Me only appeals to teenyboppers, Big Bang‘s edgier Lie rocked even this blogger who is well out of her *cough* teens.

The boys’ song, which has a more across the board appeal, also topped the music download chart. They were pitted against Baek Ji-young’s Love is Enough.

Since Big Bang won, the boys (along with Wonder Girls) had the honour of the encore performance.

Man, Lie sticks in your head like super glue doesn’t it, boy, boy?

I’m so sorry but I love you다 거짓말
이야 몰랐어 이제야 알았어 네가 필요해
I’m so sorry but I love you
날카로운 말 홧김에 나도 모르게 널 떠나보냈지만…

Other singers who graced the stage included Shin Hye-sung and Super Junior.

The plot:

Lots of live performances. A fantastic program to keep up-to-date with the latest in K-pop music. Fast-paced and entertaining…boy, boy!

Watch it:

  • Astro KBS World (Channel 303)
  • Every Saturday
  • 3.10pm to 4pm
  • English subtitles available. Boy! Boy!

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Stars at the inaugural Chungmuro International Film Festival

Published on October 26, 2007 by in Movies

Stars attended the first ever Chungmuro International Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday (Oct 25) in Seoul. The film festival runs until Nov 2 and is held at the Chungmu Art Hall and theatres in Jung-gu district, Seoul.

Th festival, which adopts the theme Discovery, Restoration and Creation, seeks to discover the diverse traditions of global cinemas, acknowledge and reintroduce Korean film history to audiences and the international film community, and to create a new cinematic culture in response to the rapid changes in 21st century media.

Arrivals to the event include:

Hwanjini star Ha Ji-won is asking:
“Hey, you want a piece of me?”

Actress Jun Hye-bin poses like a pretty flower.

Oh Lee Jung-jae, the polka-dotted bow tie is a no-no.
How I wish a Typhoon would come and blow it away.

Actress Kang Soo-yeon’s body is wrinkling.
Or is that her protruding rib bones?

Actress Lee Hye-young is showing us her
Kimchi Cheese Smile because oops, her
“third nipple” is showing.

Miss Korea 2007 Lee Ji-sun is a ray of sunshine
on the red carpet in her yellow dress.

Director Park Chan-wook and Kang Soo-yeon
played MCs.

Source: Seoul Help Center for Foreigners
Pics credit: Hankooki

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Sloppy Inquiry Agency opens shop @ KBS World


Lee Min-ki fans rejoice! The Love Truly actor’s latest drama entitled A Sloppy Inquiry Agency is/will be airing on KBS World (Astro Channel 303) this month (Oct 2007).

The reason for the uncertainty is because of the ambiguous online program schedule at Astro’s website.

According to it, Lee Min-ki‘s drama started airing on Oct 22 (Monday) at 9pm. However, the schedule also states that I’m Your Teacher aired at 9pm on the same day as well. Two programs sharing a time slot? How does that work? Unfortunately, I didn’t tune into KBS World that night so I can’t confirm which show aired.

Anyway, I checked the schedule for the upcoming Monday (Oct 29) and yes, A Sloppy Inquiry Agency is scheduled to air.

The series is a comedy about ordinary people with big dreams. Take Min-ki’s character for example. The 22-year-old plays Mu-yul a Taekwondo master who owns a gym. Business isn’t so good and he’s hoping that interest in the sport will pick up again when the Korean Taekwondo athletes win medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (fingers crossed, of course).

Watch the drama or else Min-ki’s gonna
Taekwondo you into a pulp!

One day, while having lunch at a private eye’s office, a client mistakes him for an employee and offers him a job! His adventure begins when he embarks upon the hunt for King Gojong’s treasure.

Interesting.

Want to watch the show? Remember this:

  • Channel: Astro 303 – KBS World
  • Day: Monday and Tuesday
  • Time: 9pm – 10.10pm, repeats at 3am the following day

It’ll most likely be in Korean with English subtitles. Oh, what joy! *skips around the room*

More on the drama @ K-popped!
Lee Min-ki’s new drama – Evasive Inquiry Agency

Pics credit: A Sloppy Inquiry Agency @ KBS World

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Hyun Bin’s the “It” guy on 8TV

Someone at 8TV is like Orchid – infatuated with Hyun Bin. Why? Because the My Lovely Sam-soon actor appears on the terrestrial channel the entire week! Seriously.

And tomorrow (Oct 27), the 25-year-old’s movie A Millionaire’s First Love (pic below) will be airing at 8.30pm on the network.

Man enuff: Hyunbin has no problems donning a French maid
costume ‘cos he’s man enough. Grrr….

The TV station should invite Hyun Bin sshi to Malaysia for a fan meeting for the benefit of all K-popped! Malaysians :-P .

What other Hyunbin shows are on 8TV? Snow Queen runs at prime time (8.30pm) from Monday to Friday. Meanwhile, My Lovely Sam-soon is aired on Saturday and Sunday at 4pm.

Hyunbin, enough fan meetings in Korea and Japan already. When are you gonna fly your fine self down to Malaysia and grace us with your presence? And please, sing for us!

Related:
Hyunbin’s shows on 8TV

I want more Hyun Bin!

Pic credit: HanCinema

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Wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen

The actress is holding her top in place in case one of her breasts decides to pop out. Boy, she must’ve used a whole lot of double-sided body tape that evening.


The lady in the dangerously low off-shoulder dress is Lee Chae-young, one of the actresses in SBS’ new Friday Drama 아들찾아 삼만리, which literally translates to something like Son searches three long distance or Son searches thirty thousand ???…ah, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

This post is all about the dress! So here’s another picture of it.


Source & Pics credit: MyDaily

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Hwangjini (2006)

Korean title: 황진이 (Hwangjin-i)

What’s popping:

The Korean Wave is breaking on Malaysian shores with a purpose, isn’t it? Nearly every other channel on local TV is airing a Korean drama series. 8TV- checked. RTM2 – checked. Phoenix channel – checked. Prima channel – checked. Wah Lai Toi – checked. AEC – checked…you get the idea.

And now, we discovered that the latest TV network to join the fray is NTV7! Say 안녕 to Ha Ji-won‘s very popular drama Hwangjini!

The 3rd episode aired yesterday and we saw the transformation of the young Jini into a beautiful woman who loves learning how to become a gisaeng.

Her blind mother discourages her to continue, saying that she should settle down and start a family, but the determined young lady prefers the arts than family life.

Also, Jini meets an admirer, Eun-ho (Chang Keun-seok), who is a nobleman.

So far, the elaborate costumes in the period drama reminds me of Dae Jang Geum. And like Jang Geum, Hwangjini is at a “school” learning the finer skills of her art.

The plot:

The story of Hwangjini, the legendary gisaeng (similar to Japan’s geisha) or entertainer who lived in the Joseon era.

Stealing a kiss: Hey, Ha ji-won has a scene exactly like this with
Kwon Sang-woo in Love, So Divine. She must be a pro at it already!

Watch it:

  • NTV7 – free TV, yay! (Astro Channel 107)
  • Monday to Friday
  • 9.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Dubbed in Mandarin with Bahasa Malaysia subtitles; toggle function doesn’t work. Darn.

Pics credit: HanCinema

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