Park Shi-yeon and Kim Young-kwang for Hilfiger Denim

Butt shot: Kim Young-kwang (left) and Park Shi-yeon work ’em denims

Actress Park Shi-yeon and model Kim Young-kwang got together to represent Hilfiger Denim’s Wave Jean.

Hilfiger Denim is a premium denim collection for men and women. Its designs are “inspired by American classics and finished with a modern edge and fresh spirit”.

The pair had a photoshoot for the brand on Aug 3 at a studio in Gangnam, Seoul.

Korean actress Park was last seen in the MBC drama A Bittersweet Life a.k.a La Dolce Vita. She will next appear on the silver screen in the spy flick Dachimawalee.

Relax: The My Girl actress stretches out in her Wave Jean.

Meanwhile, male model Kim Young-kwang has walked the runways of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Etro at the Milan Collection.

Kim, who debuted as a model in 2006 and is reportedly blazing a trail for Asians in haute couture modelling, aspires to be an international top model.

Check out more Hilfiger Denim’s Wave Jean pics of the pair below:

Source: Newsen & Digital Chosunilbo
Pics credit: Newsen

Other South Korean celebs hawking jeans:
Kim Ha-neul sells jeans too
Uhm Jung-hwa sells jeans
Gianna Jun finds True Religion in jeans
Rain in Calvin Klein Jeans ad

South Korean team on The Amazing Race Asia 3

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.

Read their profiles here.

What about Malaysia this season? We have two teams – TV host/actress Bernie Chan and her elder brother Henry Chan, and actress Ida Nerina and her friend Tania Khan.

Fans of the show can tune in for the special Racers Revealed episode on Sept 4 (Astro Channel 701) at 9pm. The reality travel competition series starts airing on Sept 11 at 9pm.

TARA3 surfing:

Hong I-sak and Hong Woo-rim of TARA 3

A taste of Sweet September

Funny: ‘Daniel, for the 10th time already, that’s the wrong chord!’

Here’s a peek at Kim Ha-neul and Daniel Henney‘s upcoming photo movie entitled Sweet September.

The one-of-a-kind flick will be using 7 different colours to depict the love story between the lead characters.

Sweet September is slated for release on Aug 20.

Source & Pic credit: Hankooki

Kim Ha-neul and Daniel Henney in Sweet September

Big Bang unleashes Haru Haru on 08.08.08

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

Source: K-popped! reader Momovip
Pics as credited

Stars at the Gucci 08-09 F/W Collection event

The South Korean glitterati sparkled at the Gucci 08-09 F/W Collection event in Seoul last night.

The party, which started at 8pm, was held at the Vista Hall in the upscale Hotel W.

Check out whether your favourite celeb(s) was there.

Kim Ha-neul: ‘Yes, touch it. My skin is flawless.’

Kim Jung-eun: The doe-eyed actress and talk show host
wrestles with a headache

Ji Hyun-woo: It’s another day on the job
for the Rain look-a-like

Kim Sung-su: This is the Oppa who played
Cupid in the Kwon Sang-woo/ Sohn Tae-young

Lee Dong-wook: ‘Help, I’m drowning
in these clothes.’

Lee Ji-ah: ‘Happy to be here.’

Lee Jin-wook: Has one too many
designs on him

Lee Yeon-hee: Works the polka
dot shoes

Sung Yuri: Stares off into the distance
for a romantic effect

Kim Hyo-jin: Nonchalantly poses for
the photogs

Ha Seok-jin & Lee Eun-sung: Couple attire.
Seok-jin looks like he’s about to choke to death.

Ha Jung-woo:…wishes he was
somewhere else.

Source & Pics credit: Newsen

Kang Seung-hyun models for Keum Ho Construction

Sky scraper: Kang makes like a (flexible) high rise building

Kang Seung-hyun, the South Korean model who won the Ford New Supermodel of the World contest in January this year, appears in an advertisement for Keum Ho Construction (금호건설).

The 21-year-old, who is the 1st Asian winner in the contest’s 25-year history, was selected because the company believes that their designs and buildings are “fashion”.

Fashion & Construction: An interesting combination

Hmm, Seung-hyun sshi is as thin as ever. I don’t know about the stylised skull cap she’s wearing, makes me think of a helmet.

Source & Pics credit: Sports Seoul

An interview with Kang Seung-hyun
Kang Seung-hyun is the Next Big Thing?

Gong Hyo-jin’s Burberry dress

The Orient Espionage cast: (l-r) Park Shi-yeon, Im Won-hee
& Gong Hyo-jin

Hey, that dress on Gong Hyo-jin looks so familiar ;-).

I saw it on Stephanie Sun at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards in Malaysia on Aug 2! The Favourite Artist Singapore winner revealed that her dress is a Burberry.

Burberry dress: Gong Hyo-jin (left) at the press screening of her movie on Aug 6
and Stephanie Sun at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards on Aug 2.

Korean actress Gong Hyo-jin wore her Burberry to the press preview of her latest spy movie Dajjimawa Lee: The Orient Espionage (다찌마와 리) today (Aug 6).

Hmm, Gong seems to be a little more adventurous with the dress, wearing it shorter than Sun.

Legs: Gong shows off her legs in the
Burberry dress

Celebrity couple: Gong and real life boyfriend Ryu Seung-beom

The film, which is directed by Ryu Seung-wan, also stars Gong’s offscreen flame Ryu Seung-beom, Park Shi-yeon, Hwang Bora and Im Won-hee. It opens in South Korea on Aug 14.

Yes, director Ryu Seung-wan and actor Ryu Seung-beom are brothers.

Source: Newsen
Pics as credited

Gong Hyo-jin flaunts her legs for M
Gong Hyo-jin and Shin Min-ah to play sisters
Gong Hyo-jin in Maldives

My experience on the MTV Asia Awards Red Carpet

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 on the scene
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…

mtv vj denise utt taya juju

First to arrive were the gorgeous MTV VJs :
Denise Keller, Taya Rogers, Utt and JuJu
mtv vj taya rogers
Taya Rogers

jabbawockees on the red carpet
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! 😛
pussycat dolls
Pussycat Dolls
pussycatdolls responding to the crowd
Pussycat Dolls encouraging the crowd
super junior pauses to check out the fans
Super Junior were next to arrive.
They paused to check out the crowd before moving on…
[View more pics of Super Junior on the Red Carpet]
karen mok autographs signs facemask
Karen Mok arrives and autographs on a fan’s mask
karen mok and jared leto
Hosts for the evening, Karen Mok and Jared Leto

leona lewis and her malaysian fans mtv asia awards 2008
British singer Leona Lewis gets close to her fans

stephanie sun singapore
Stephanie Sun: Favourite Artist of Singapore
5 years in a row

nicholas teo
Malaysia’s very own Nicholas Teo.
Congratulations for winning the
Favourite Artist of Malaysia!

one republic
One Republic
The American rock band’s arrival was the most heartwarming.
The fans sang “Apologize” & “Stop and Stare” really really loud.

panic disco
Panic at the Disco won the edc Style Award
project ear
Project E.A.R

My personal experience on the Red Carpet was nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to MTV Asia, I-mae and team from Arcis Communications and Genting Highlands Resort for making all this possible.

We were given 2-days free accommodation at First World Hotel and transportation by coach from KL to Genting.

K-popped! covers the 2008 MTV Asia Awards

Waiting for Super Junior in the Press Room

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.)

SuJu performs

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

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.

Waiting…and waiting

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?!

Pics credit (except for 1st pic): MTV Asia

K-popped! covers the 2008 MTV Asia Awards

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Lee Hana sustains injury while filming Women of the Sun

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.

Source: KBS Global
Pic credit: Newsen