Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Battle of pride continues at Master in the House.

The second part of Master In the House featuring Winter Olympics speed skating champion, Lee Seung Hun continues where the master brought them to the skating rink. After monitoring the four butlers skating across the rink, Se Hyung suggested Team Racing. First skater has to be good to start off with ace Sung Jae speeding up easily on the track. Seung Gi is determined not to lose out to the ace while Se Hyung and Sang Yun struggled at the bottom. 
However Sang Yun was clumsy as usual after been pushed behind by Seung Gi, he stumbled and fell down twice on the track. Teamwork was good where they quickly brought him up. 

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They tried the second time after monitoring their performance to go 2 laps within 4 minutes. If they win, Master Lee needs to buy them night snacks. Butlers struggled and won the game at 3 mins 52 secs. Also Lee suggested a little game of curling using their helmets on the rink. Winner gets to share the same room with Master and even wears the gold medal for a day. Everyone's eyes were aiming at the gold medal. Sung Jae was leading the game until Se Hyung rolled his helmet and pushed Sang Yun's helmet right to the first line. The disappointment on Se Hyung's face while Sang Yun jumps with joy! Master Lee orders midnight snacks for everyone and had a good phone chat with his wife. Everyone gathered at the kitchen to enjoy spicy rice cakes, cheesy pizza, pig trotters, soft drinks, fritters...etc. Master Lee can't remember the last time he had snacks as he was busy training for the past few years. Weight and health are very important for national athletes. However right now it doesn't matter as Master Lee just started pigging out and the rest were chomping down the food happily. 

They were rather shocked when Master Lee suggested a leg race where he will skate using one foot and the rest have the advantage of 4 skaters. 5 laps in total with 4 rookies vs. 1 Olympic champion. Their pride was dashed out when Lee proudly says he will still with 1-foot race against four of them. Night came so everyone prepared for bed. Seung Gi laughs wondering the Master will suffer entire night with Sang Yun loves talking. Indeed Lee is about to doze off when Sang Yun kept chatting away even though they are lying on bed. Before the alarm rang, Lee woke up sharp at 7.00 a.m. Somehow Sang Yun woke up too and send a text message to the three snoozing away in the other room. Lee and Sang Yun headed to the short skate rink to warm up. Sang Yun happens to be Lee's first student in life so he taught him the cornering skills at the rink. Sung Jae woke up with the sunlight rays shining through the window. He was surprised to see the text message Sang Yun send an hour ago! The three were flabbergasted to know Sang Yun left them to train quietly with Master Lee. Seung Gi just surrendered as he didn't feel like waking up. Master Lee told them to quickly head down to the rink for training.

Dragging their feet, Se Hyung promised to teach Sang Yun a lesson for betraying them. Sang Yun just smiled sneakily as he doesn't want to wear the blue tight costume worn by speed skaters in the competition. Now the competition begins with butlers vs. Master Lee in 1-leg speed skating. Seung Gi is the first to start off but Lee just bypassed him almost half of the track in one-foot skating without using the other one! The entire rink had their exclamations of "oooh-aah... what's that?" seeing the huge gap of Lee and themselves. As Lee starts to tire down with Sung Jae at the last skater, still he won them over 0.05 seconds. Apparently in the 1-leg skating, Lee is always the best in training. Hah! Talk about winning a gold medallist! Ha-ha!
Final race is individual race so the loser has to wear the skimpy tight costume worn by Lee.
Lee gave his predictions that Sung Jae will be first and last is Seung Gi! OMG...Seung Gi is devastated with the prediction. He is more determined to take the 2nd spot. The race started with Seung Gi heading first and slowly Sung Jae picked up the rhythm edging the three easily to the finish line. No doubt ace Sung Jae is great in skating. The battle of the three begins as Se Hyung overtook the two from outer lane. Sang Yun struggling even though he's been taught the cornering skills. However at the last 10m, Se Hyung slipped and fell on his tummy leaving the other two bypassing to the finish line! 

Seung Gi advises him that it should be an honour to wear the costume worn by Master Lee and even autographed. The three got dressed warmly while waiting at the running track for Se Hyung to arrive. They laughed at him as Se Hyung walked awkwardly as if he was ashamed of his body covered with a thick parka jacket. Everyone laughed as Se Hyung described the feeling of his bum been pulled to the back so tightly that he couldn't stand straight. Master Lee admitted it's difficult to wear the skin tight fitting costume and skaters tend to bend down when they see photographers around the rink. After all it's not too decent for photos snapped by media especially in the front! Ha ha! They lay on the running track while remembering the moments when they were young- passion for their dream. Lee promises to continue his dream to Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. If he wins another medal, he will return to the series again.
Good luck to Lee Seung Hun and we thank him for his precious time with the 4 butlers.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Lee Yu Bi x Lee Jun Hyuk in med-drama.

A different style of drama has emerged- hospital without doctors....


On the afternoon of 20th March, tvN has launched its latest drama entitled "A Poem a Day" which had its press conference and presentation at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul.

At one stage, a lady Woo Bo Young dreamt being a poet who then becomes a physical therapist with her surroundings of poetry. There are two interesting points in the drama.
First of all, it is a hospital drama where for the first time; the main characters are not medical doctors but a physiotherapist, a radiologist, an apprentice, and a 'Comedical staff' (a medical worker providing medical services outside the medical practice).

Main leads Woo Bo Young played by Lee Yu Bi, Ye Je Wook played by Lee Jun Hyuk, Lee Chae Young, Kim Jae Bum, Jang Dong Yun and Park Sun Ho are among the casts.

PD Han Sang Jae has mentioned this drama doesn't revolve doctors. It is slightly different.
It is not necessary to always have a doctor in a medical drama. So he made this drama focusing at the daily lives of the physical therapists who are responsible for the health of the patients. Physical therapy and radiotherapy information and patient's emotional state are the main points. The nurse is not the main character but has the skeleton of the hospital drama. In fact, when PD Han met directly those chem medical staff, they have longer time to respond to the patient than the doctors. Patients do not even know the doctor and there are many complaints. This drama is scheduled for a total of 16 episodes.

Lee Yu Bi decided to take the challenge because she is interested in poetry. It is a light hearted comedy too. When she started reading the scripts, she expressed her gratitude that she will do her best in the main lead.

It will be aired after the series "Cross" finishes on 26th March at 9.30 p.m.

New casts for Dangerous Outside the Blanket

Wanna One's Kang Daniel, EXO's Xiumin and rookie singer Jung Se Woon have been confirmed for the permanent cast in the new variety show Dangerous Outside the Blanket

On 19th March, Jung Se Woon has participated in Dangerous Outside the Blanket filming.
The series revolves about celebrities doing the out of extraordinary in the same house of room mates. It is definitely out of the comfort zone for Jung so he has decided to join the crew.
As a result the program has a more solid line up. During the pilot season, actor Lee Sang Woo, HIGHLIGHT's Jun Hyung, singer Park Jae Jung along with Kang Daniel and Xiumin were part of the cast. And now they have decided to make it a regular series.

There is no doubt with added casts, the series is bound to exert more laughter and new charm.
The debut date for the Dangerous Outside the Blanket will be on 5th April 2018.

Monday, March 19, 2018

EXO successfully wraps up Bangkok concert.

Hallyu group EXO has definitely warmed up the nights in the city of Bangkok.

On March 19th SM Entertainment said, "EXO has successfully hosted EXO PLANET # 4 - The EℓyXiOn - in BANGKOK (Exo Planet # 4 - Deaconion - in Bangkok) at Impact Arena, Bangkok.'


The showcase was held in Bangkok for about a year and six months after the third solo concert in September 2016.

Concert tickets went on sale on early February were sold out for all three performances within five minutes! EXO did the opening stage with 'The Eve' in this performance, is a hit song such as 'Growl', 'Call Me Baby', 'Lotto' 'Ko Ko Bop', 'Power' 'Tender Love', What You Do?

The album included songs including "Touch It," "Boomerang," and an ending song, "Angel,"  went on for about three hours. The press conference before the start of the 17th March concert included the broadcasting of Thai Channel 3's famous Morning Show 'Rueng Lao Chao Nee', channel 7, channel 9, 'Thai Rat', ' Daily News', 'TrueID' (True ID), and 'Kka Pook'

Wanna One debuts after 8 months...Golden Age begins.

Leader Yoon Ji Sung has said, "Even though it's been only 8 months since we debuted in the industry, but there are still a lot for us to show to the audience. We have released an album and do our best we can."

The project boy group Wanna One has been formed via mNet's Produce 101: Season 2 and has released a new album entitled '0 + 1 = 1' at 6 pm on the 19th March.

At the press conference held at the hotel in Sangam-dong, 11 members of the group said, "The Golden Age is starting. Member Lee Dae Hwi said, "Last year I stood boldly on stage, now I wanted to show how I've matured musically and outwardly this year."

This album titled I PROMISE YOU, is a promise that Wanna One will make this year a golden age. The theme tracks for the electro trap genre-  "Boomerang," as well as a special theme track, "Promise Me" (I.P.U.), including seven songs are featured in the album.


In less than a year after their debut, Wanna One has been showing monstrous power of a rookie boy band. Their debut album, '1X1 = 1' and repackage '1-1 = 0', sold more than 1.4 million copies and swept new awards at various music awards. This album has an order of 700,000 copies. Thanks to their huge popularity, they are gradually getting rid of it. Ong Seung Woo said before his debut, he doesn't know how to express his charms and feelings but now he knows fan services. Main vocalist Kim Jae Hwan wanted to sing songs coolly from the time he was a trainee. He is now delighted to be able to perform great songs and stage with the rest of the members.

Wanna One members are from various agencies. By the end of the year, they would go on separate ways but high probability the max of extended period of two years. As a result, fans were voicing out that the members should extended their activities. Dae Hwi mentioned at this time is the most important. Boomerang is the new title song and he's working harder to perform at his best. He doesn't want to think of the end as yet.

With a strong base consisting of female fans, Wanna One seems to be reciprocating back the love given to them via this album. The title song 'Boomerang' reminds us of the main scene that actor Kwon Sang Woo threw a boomerang in the drama 'Stairway to Heaven' (2003) and said the famous phrase- love will return. 

Kang Daniel promised his fans that he will put all his love for them. 

Wanna One will participate in UNESCO's Girls Education Campaign 'Wanna One X Girls Education' during this period  and will donate a total of KRW$ 100 million won.

Hyori's Bed & Breakfast: S2 ratings increased.

When actor Park Bo Gum appeared in the recent episodes of Hyori's Home Stay Season 2, the viewers ratings exceeded 10%.

According to Nielsen Korea, the ratings on the 19th March under JTBC entertainment program 'Hyori's Min Bak 2' (directed by Jeon Hyun Min, Ma Gun Young)  recorded the average nationwide audience ratings of 10.8%. This is the first time that 'Hyori's Home Stay Season 2' has recorded double-digit ratings since its first broadcast on April 4th 2017. Even in the first season of last summer, only once that it has exceeded 10% of audience ratings (10.0% of 9 times).


Park Bo Gum arrived at Hyori and  Lee Sang Soon's villa in Jeju-do during the winter season and will be working as a part time worker along with Girls' Generation Im YoonA. The bed and breakfast villa accepts public guests and even treats them to snacks, food and warming home stay for their short holiday at Jeju-do.

Bo Gum was seen helping around with housework, chatting easily to guests, chaffeuring guests to destinations and running errands to buy groceries at the local market...etc.
Female guests were rather excited to see the handsome part time worker at their home stay.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Shall We Live Together takes over from My Golden Life weekend drama.

It has been a pleasant start for Shall We Live Together for KBS weekend drama.
First episode recorded 23.3% viewers ratings where it took over the spot of the famous My Golden Life drama.

According to Nielsen Korea on 18th March, "Shall We Live Together", which was broadcast the previous day recorded a nationwide audience rating of 23.3%. It is 3.6% higher than the 19.7% recorded in the previous drama 'My Golden Life' when it was first aired and slowly climbed up to 40%.

Shall We Live Together is about a shoemaker Park Hyo Seob who has 4 children. His second daughter Park Yoo Ha (played by Han Ji Hye) who has lived as a chaebol's daughter in law decided to divorce her husband after the family wanted to send her five year old daughter abroad. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Xiumin, Max Changmin, Mark appear in Life Bar.

The Road of SM- EXO's Xiumin, TVXQ's Max Changmin and NCT's Mark were guests in the variety show Life Bar hosted by emcee Shin Dong Yub.

In the most recent episode featuring the "Visual Party" of SM, co-hosts Super Junior's Kim Hee Chul was rather tensed up. Max Changmin made Hee Chul laughed by admitting he was good looking when he debuted in the music industry. 


NCT's Mark has became an adult this year and had his first shot of alcohol. He got to finally taste makgeolli (rice wine) and beer this year. He reckons rice wine has better taste! True!

Between the conversation, there's EXO Xiumin who came out with a secret reason why he actually entered SM is due to TVXQ. Huh? He noted that Changmin is his favourite while NCT Mark is his favourite junior. When he first Changmin in the company, he just came to a pause mode. With Xiumin's fans on edge of war with Changmin left him speechless and shocked.
Changmin added EXO is not a global leader group. He is proud to have a friend whose dream became a singer came true. 

Xiumin later on added Changmin has a strong personality on and off stage. He is charismatic and very warm hearted person. TVXQ is still very active in Japan. Their recent performance in Japan especially in Tokyo Dome was filled with fans. EXO was recently featured in the closing ceremony of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. It was an honour and glory for Xiumin.
The tense was there but the cold wind was no joke to the members. It was freezing.

Everyone was enthusiastic about the gorgeous pelvic dance created by Xiumin entitled '으른댄스' (Eu Run dance) which became a hot topic for EXO fans.

Meanwhile Mark, Changmin and Kim Hee Chul showed off their figure in the Eu Run dance.

Shin Hye Sun and Lee Jong Suk in new drama.

Actress Shin Hye Sun (29) will be meeting actor Lee Jong Suk (29) after 6 years as their last drama they starred together was in School 2013. At that time, Shin was quite a newbie and wasn't in the main lead while Lee was already gaining lots of fame and attention.
Now Shin is one of the hottest actresses after her weekend famous drama My Golden Life has broken record of 40% viewers ratings. 

Now the two are collaborating together in SBS single play drama entitled 사의 찬미 written by Jo Soo Jin and directed by Park Soo Jin. The title is literally translated as Praise of the Company (??).

Praise of the Company is a famous late soprano singer Yoon Shim Duk. The late Yoon was born in Pyeongyang 1924 and became a school teacher at Wonju. When she was in Japan studying music, she fell in love with an English Lit. and drama student Kim Woo Jin who was already a married man. The two lovebirds somehow cannot be together so they boarded the ship and jumped off - drowned. Yoon died at the young age of 29.

Her life story was made into drama and musical. It was a coincidence that Shin happened to hear about the tragic love story between Yoon and Kim on the radio. This is a good opportunity for her play that beautiful role in her life.

The special drama re-examines the cross stared lovers Kim and Yoon in that era. Shin Hye Sun will be playing as the late Yoon Shim Duk while Lee Jong Suk will play the role of Kim. The two part mini special episode will start filming next month but airing date and time have yet to be determined. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Master in the House trains with Olympic hero Lee Seung Hun.

Yook Sung Jae was the first to arrive at the spot with PD telling him to board the bus which is waiting in front of the filming location. He somehow didn't feel too right but saw Lee Sang Yun arriving too. He noticed that Sang Yun doesn't dress up anymore as he couldn't care less on his appearance after episode 2. Next thing they knew someone humming is none other than Yang Se Hyung followed by Lee Seung Gi. PD tells them their new Master is a hero in the recent 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Given their Master's dairy written when he was 10 years old, Sang Yun started to analyse that it's a man, in early twenties and very matured thinking. 

What they didn't expect is the daily schedule of their Master shocked them seeing 3/4 of his routine is high intensity training! They can never forget what they went through with baseball player Lee Dae Ho at the hard core gym training! The bus arrives at the stop where their master is dressed in black track suit showing off two medals- gold and silver he won at the winter Olympics. Their eyes grew big when he turned around - he's the speed skater Lee Seung Hun became the national hero for winning two medals. Everyone was in awe inspecting the medals. Now back to work, Se Hyung pointed out his daily schedule is too much for them. Lee decided to tone down various segments since it's off season for training. High intensity becomes low intensity with Sung Jae suggesting there should be NO intensity training.
The four butlers started talking to Lee on his dream when he was 10 years old, how he went through the hard training at Taerung Training Centre and winning the medals up to today.
Lee suggested to have snack time at night since he craves for it. They clapped with joy.

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The bus arrived at Taerung Training Centre where butlers were happily snapping photos within the campus ground and admired the main banner stating- "I am a Korean, representing the country". This gives a full sense of duty for all athletes training all these years to work harder. As they were shown around the dormitory where they will be spending a night with their master. They passed the hallway of athletes rooms and Lee brought them to his own room. Se Hyung joked if Taerung is some Prison Break as scenery outside the dorm is just pure nature and wild animals. Lee admitted some athletes tried to escape because training was too difficult to endure and they wanted to give up. Four butlers changed to track suits and headed to the cafeteria to fill their grumbling tummies. They were amazed with the amount and variety of delicious food served for the athletes and staffs. From Korean food to Western, Chinese and Japanese- it was like a buffet heaven for the butlers. As they started filing their plates, Sung Jae noted Lee's plate was half the amount of what they have taken. Lee admitted at first, it was hard to resist the food but soon they got used to it as they have to burn up the amount they have eaten. Uh-oh! As speed skaters, they have to maintain their weight. Sang Yun went for second serving while the rest were surprised with the amount he has taken. Lee said the amount Sang Yun is eating are meant for heavy weight lifters! 

After dinner, it is light training where they go to Wolgye Hall (gym) to jog around. They saw the rope climb and Lee shook his head saying where skaters do not use it. Phew! But their warm up is starting to get vigorous after few crouching and jumps. Lee demonstrated basic warm up where he was light as a feather. Now we know why one shouldn't eat so much because it's too difficult to jump and run with full stomach! Seung Gi and Sang Yun struggled with one leg jump however Sung Jae did well in the corner belt training. Corner belt training is done with one person dragging another person's weight on one side - that's the rhythm they have to do when they corner skate at a fast speed with body weight on another side. Somehow the tug and pull belt training between Se Hyung and Sung Jae became a joke where Seung Gi lamented the two looked like idiots! That gave Master Lee a good laugh. With the basic warm ups were even torturous for the butlers. 

It was 8 p.m, so Lee brought them to the skating rink.It was so big that they were amazed with the size. While preparing their gear, they admired Lee's skates which he used in the Olympics. It is custom made and the blades make a clicking sound on ice. Lee decided to warm up first and goes for a round the rink. The butlers just admired the posture, speed and gust of wind when he passes them. Average male skaters speed at 60 km p/h- it's like driving a car! Sung Jae praised that Lee looks like a dove flying on ice while Sang Yun cracked up. Master Lee decided to test them for a one round. The strong determination in everyone's' eyes scared Se Hyung. On the mark...go! Se Hyung and Seung Gi started off strongly. Somehow Sang Yun was out of the picture...he was staggering along with Master following him behind. Commentator saw Sung Jae slowly picked up the rhythm where he just passed Seung Gi and Se Hyung in a blink of an eye. Seung Gi is determined not to lose. Se Hyung struggled behind while Sang Yun is purely learning skating with Master behind.

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Sung Jae smiled happily as he reaching the finishing line while Seung Gi blew his chance when he tumbled over with Se Hyung also falling over. Hah! While this is not the end of it...
Second episode will feature Master Lee training the butlers harder to skate better with determination not to lose.