Thursday, December 14, 2017

Oh Sang Jin and Kim Sung Ryung host MBC Drama Awards 2017.

Announcer Oh Sang Jin (37) is heading on with the hosting together for MBC Drama Awards 2017 with fellow actress Kim Sung Ryung

Oh Sang Jin began his broadcasting career in 2005 as an MBC 24th announcer. He then became an MBC representative announcer and declared as a freelancer in 2013. 

This is the first time that Oh is conducting the awards ceremony. He is also actively participated in the '170-day strike' in 2012, is very meaningful in that it will take the award ceremony MC along with the normalisation of MBC station. 

He married announcer Kim So Young in April 2017. Oh also starred in various dramas such as My Love from the Star (2013), The Family is Coming (2015) and recently in 20th Century Boy and Girl (2016). 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My thoughts on KBS The Jugglers.

I started watching KBS drama The Jugglers and find it rather interesting, comical whereby it's set in a company office background with nosy team people, busy body secretaries and stern bosses. Somehow it reminded me of Misaeng, Radiant Office and Introverted Boss dramas.

It is Choi Daniel's first drama after he's out from military services and Baek Jin Hee plays the cute, efficient hardworking secretary to him under YB Company. Choi plays the cold and so-called boring director Nam Chi Won. Nam takes no interest in whoever or what's going in the office politics. He rides a bicycle to work and even looks for a cheap place to rent.

Baek plays the bubbly, positive looking PA Jwa Yoon Yi in YB Company. Of one event, she has been misunderstood as a mistress to her boss so she was switched to another department.
Nowhere to go, she ended up being a PA to Chi Won. At the start, the boss-secretary relationship didn't kick off well as he hated to be followed around. His young friend, Director Hwangbo Yool- played by Lee Won Geun taught him the difference of meddling and interest. What a coincidence when Chi Won became a new tenant inside Yoon Yi's roof top house! 

Yoon Yi has a circle of good friends- Bo Na who is also a PA to the mean Director Jo, the tomboyish Kyung Re and elder buddy Wang Jung Ae -played by Kang Hye Jung. Jung Ae is suffering a miserable life after getting married early and had a teenage son. She then struggles to find a steady job in the market. With the help of Yoon Yi, they disguised her younger working as a PA to Yool. Yool has been known to have many different PA's as he's never consistent in having people working under him. 
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Yoon Yi gets to know more about Chi Won after pressure from the top management. They were rather surprised that he has an ex-wife and doesn't care much about others' welfare. But he can be caring and kind if he wants to. Hah! He sees through all the funny antics Yoon Yi has and tells her off if she pretends to be drunk...etc. 

Verdict? I will continue watching The Jugglers to see how Chi Won will develop to become a better boss though he's straight as an arrow. Yoon Yi will be the main guidance to assist him when there are office politics and things going around the department. 

Questions are popping up from my head: - ...

1. Chi Won is a journalist- how did he end up working as a director in YB Company? 
2. How is Chi Won related to Vice President Do in the company? They don't look like friends.
3. How did he got divorce with his ex-wife?
4.  Why is he renting at Yoon Yi's place? He didn't look as if he was struggling financially


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ratings increase in Take Care of My Refrigerator with Gordon Ramsay.

British chef, Gordon Ramsay (51) has somehow raised the viewers ratings by 2% when he appeared as a guest in the JTBC program Take Care of My Refrigerator.

According to Nielsen Korea, a 15% rating of the nation's average audience rating of 5.9% for JTBC's cooking entertainment program- "Take care of the refrigerator" (director Lee Chang-woo) was broadcast on the previous day. Compared with last week's broadcast, it is a 1.7% increase. Normally this program has maintained a low 4% audience ratings in the latter half of 3%.

It has attracted viewers attention with one of the world's best chef, Gordon Ramsay's appearance. Ramsay is popular worldwide in 2005, leading the audition program "Hell's Kitchen". Hell' s Kitchen has churned out 17 seasons this year. He has also been one of the most famous chefs in the world including Master Chef. Ramsay is renowned for his talent for cooking, ridiculous hustle and bustle, harsh swearing in the kitchen. 

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On this special episode Ramsay was given a challenge to cook a dish within 15 minutes where he's up against Chef Lee Yeon Bok. Both chefs were presented with a baseball pitchers' refrigerator containing many types of side dishes, main proteins- fish, prawns and beef.
The competition started off with both chefs looking relaxed and chopping their ingredients.
Ramsay's dish is crispy rice topped with beef strips, mushrooms, cabbage and asparagus.
Chef Lee had two dishes in mind- stir fry spicy beef with asparagus and steamed beef with cabbage that goes with avocado sauce. 

The cooking show started to get intense when Ramsay couldn't figure out the sauces on the table top, his crispy rice fell off from the pan he lifted and the beef strips were stuck onto the paper. He told them do not panic if anything fails in the kitchen...he was sweating though. Hah!  Everyone else were busy snapping photographs and taking videos of the world renowned chef in action. 

MC Kim Seung Joo tried to pick the remaining bits of crispy rice but was pecked by a fork from Ramsay. His 2nd attempt failed too. He was hounding around Ramsay like a shadow saying 'busy...yes...very busy...'  All went in awe seeing Ramsay sprinkled some salt as he splashed some over his shoulder before going into the pan. Mmm... a new way of sprinkling salt? 

Chef Lee finished plating up his two dishes and presented it well. It was the last few seconds and Ramsay finished up his rolled beef strips on top of crispy rice. He started chopping spring onions for top decoration on his dish. Out of nowhere, Ramsay splashed remaining shallots onto Seung Joo at the side creating massive laughter at the studio. Muahaha! He did mention Seung Joo was like a little girl screaming at his side when he was working. 

The baseball players tried both chefs' meals and complimented they were very tasty, flavourful with the taste of Korea. It's interesting that Ramsay uses the red pepper flakes and bulgogi sauce for a fusion style beef wrap. Ramsay likes Chef Lee's stir fry beef though it's spicy.
Winner goes to Ramsay and he thanked everyone for being there, it was an honour for him to appear at the show. He invited everyone to his restaurant in England for another challenge.
He vows to defend his title. Hah! 







Monday, December 11, 2017

BTS Ji Min on NY Times Square billboards.

Eleven decorated screens featuring BTS's Ji Min were advertised on New York Times Square, USA.

Ji Min's ads were shown on eleven screens of Nasdaq and Thomson Reuters in New York Times Square during the day on the 10th December 2017. The Chinese fandom was supporting the event at the end of the year.

                  

Times Square, also known as the "World's Crossroads" has an average daily population of about 1.5 million people on a tripod that meets New York's 42nd Street, 7th Street, and Broadway. Usually the advertising cost is very high whereby an advertisement could cost up to tens of millions won a day! 


EXO, BTS, TWICE and Wanna One advertisements go live on the birthday or debut anniversary of K-POP group members. Few days ago, birthday wishes for Wanna One's Kang Daniel was flashing across the bright LED screens. Fandom has been promoting the advertisements in order to thank BTS member Park Ji Min who has showed his remarkable performances in 2017 at the same time as promoting in the USA during the music awards.

Meanwhile, BTS has held a concert for "BTS Live Trilogy Episode 3 Wings Tour: The Final" concert at the Geocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from 8th to 10th of October and finished the trilogy episode series in the trilogy.








OCN's Black wrapped up after 9 weeks.

OCN's suspense mystery drama 'Black' starring Song Seung Hun and Go Ah-Ra finished its run after 9 weeks airing.

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On 10th December, the final episode of Black was aired where Grim reaper Black (Song) chose to cease of his existence as penalty in the underworld. He vowed to hide the truth of his real death from Kang Ha Ram (Go Ah-Ra). Black said, "From the beginning, she shouldn't have everything, then Kang Ha Ram will be happier in life."

Black also asked his partner in crime, Grim Reaper Je Su Dong to prevent Ha Ram's parents accident death. As a result, the young Ha Ram grew up into a fine young lady without any worries and didn't see any shadows of death. Everything was reset to where it was. Ha Ram graduated, worked, smiled happily with friends and family. She lived till she grew old to a grandmother age. Then her old companion friend Leo, handed her a box of Halloween gift.

The minute Ha Ram saw the red thread bracelet, her tears started falling. She was saddened by the fact of what happened and the memories came back. However it was time for grandma Ha Ram to pass away and she was then greeted by Black at the other side of the world. 
He asked if she lived happily all this time and she nodded. 

Through this drama, Song Seung Hun's character was well-received by the audience.
Go Ah-Ra got to re-examine her acting skills after the 2013 tvN drama Reply 1994.













Sunday, December 10, 2017

Master Key- Episode 8 and 9

Episode 8 Master Key is finding the Angel and Demon Key holders. Permanent cast members along with guests NU'EST Jonghyun, Seventeen's Minkyu, Oh My Girl's Hyojung, Girls' Day Minah, Kim Jong Min, SHINee's Minho and Wanna One's Ha Seung Woon. 

Daniel wins again the Watchers Vote with a chance to voting twice for himself. Lucky him.
Mission had the relay of Hurry Up Awards. First member wins the pair of diving flippers, jumps up to grab a flower bouquet- passed it on 2nd member to dance twice of the speed of the song, 3rd spot with 2 members delivering the announcement speech with accuracy and last spot 2 members bounce the ball and entering into a trophy cup. Last but not least the entire group rushes to the podium to snap a final photograph. White team starts first with Minho's atheletic jump at the start and passing to Minah who danced very well. They failed at the 3rd round thanks to Jong Min's clumsiness of speech.

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Blue team goes next with Minkyu runs fast with the flippers and delivers the bouquet to Daniel on 2nd position dancing off Energetic in twice speed. His moves were all accurate with bystanders admiring his skills. SHINee's Key just shouted he will vote all the way for Daniel. They failed too at the speech as Hyojung's carelessness in words. Again Minkyu fumbled with flippers to catch the bouquet. At this rate, Soo Geun said Daniel will lose a lot of weight by dancing twice speed to Energetic. Ha ha! Blue team wins the first round. White team goes next with Seung Woo with the flippers who failed at the start causing laughter. He took nearly a minute to jump catching the bouquet and passing it to Jong Min who resurrected his 90's dance moves. However it was Hyun Moo who failed his team by dropping all his balls before passing to Minho. 

Turns out Hyun Moo is holding the Angel key and Jonghyun is the Devil key holder. Jonghyun fails to keep his expression well. 


Episode 9 of Master Key featured new guests such as Eric Nam, Seventeen's Seungkwan, Kim Jong Min, Wanna One's Yoon Ji Sung, SHINee's Minho, Laboum's Solbin with permanent cast emcees Lee Soo Geun, Jeon Hyun Moo, Wanna One's Kang Daniel, Ong Seung Woo and SHINee's Key.

The members head off to the main podium room to receive instructions and it has been determined that there are 2 Demon Key holders and 1 Angel Key holder. Rules are simple- if one votes for Angel, then you win the prize together, vote for demon- you lose everything to the demon. The expressions from each member is just weird and ridiculous. They laughed at the joker Jong Min who fails to keep his expression well.

                               

At the change room, as usual the angel and demon key holders started their mission in convincing others to vote for them. Soo Geun got hold of Minho first to say he's a key holder.
Unknown to rest, Minho is very excellent in searching for the real Angel key holder. At the start of the show, it's to determine who wins the Watchers Vote. Seung Woo lamented that they know who's the winner- for almost 4 consecutive weeks Daniel has won the Watchers Vote.
Aww...Soo Geun suggests that Daniel should share his winning vote with the last place of Watchers Vote. PD nods and says if Daniel agrees then he will go along with it. Everyone was taken back and laughed as that was not the right way to announce the winner! LOL! Daniel's fans are massive and they loved him so much that they will ensure he wins the Watchers Vote.


It turned out that Daniel and Soo Geun are the Demon key holders. They were impressive at the start with winning many games. Black team was excellent in balloon slamdunk game. Daniel was practically like a raging bull which struck to everyone's attention he might be the Devil Key holder. Indeed...Minho suggested to the rest that Jong Min is the real Angel key holder.

There was a mission there members have to sleep under the blanket and later find their pillow printed with their faces. Everyone scattered to look around for their pillows except one man.
Daniel dozed off as he lie down. Eric and Seungkwan giggled stating he must be really tired. Soo Geun didn't realise Daniel was sleeping and stepped on him causing him to woke up abruptly. His blank look made him felt apologetic and stated he's very tired. But Black Team won the find the pillow mission. White team was disastrous because only Jong Min got his pillow. Seung Woo started calling his members back and said it's enough, let's go home. LOL!

At last the voters who voted for Jong Min wins the golden key prizes. They already knew Daniel and Soo Geun were the Devil key holders. 



Hyun Bin, Kang So Ra break up.

What's new? The same old story of couples announcing their relationship in public and 3-4 months down the road- they announced they are going on separate ways. The reason?
They are busy with each others' activities.... meh....

So it goes...actor Hyun Bin (35) and actress Kang So Ra (27) have announced they are busy with schedules so they decided to call off their relationship. The two were dating since last December.

Hyun Bin is busy filming a new movie entitled The Rampant 창궐 which is scheduled to be released next year and he's been in and out of movie premieres in cinemas for his recent movie, The Swindlers.

As for Kang So Ra, she has just finished filming the drama Revolution and looking for the next project.



BTS Blood, Tears, Sweat- 3 years WINGS Tour ended in success.

Since 2014, they toured 9 cities delivering 40 performances, started from AX Hall in Seoul and ended at Geocheok Sky Dome. 

"My blood, sweat and tears...my last dance- take it all, my blood, sweat and tears, my cold breath- take it all.." (these are the song lyrics to the song Blood, Sweat and Tears)

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Things have gone so fast like a dream... on the afternoon of 10th December, the familiar faces of Hallyu group BTS with their most representative song 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' had belted it all out in Gocheok Sky Dome. Their faces were covered in sweat, swarmed with different kinds of emotions- serenity, pride and commitment. 

The last stage of the day was '2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III - Wings Tour The Final' which was held at the same place since the 8th. From February, it was the day of the 40th concert tours of 19 cities in North and South America, Australia and Japan with the title "Wings Tour".
It was also the last show of the 'Live Trilogy Episode' that started in October 2014. It was played the first episode "Begins" and the second episode "The Red Bullet".

The Trilogy Tour was started at the AX Hall (currently the 24th Live Hall), which has about 2000 seats. The beginning was weak, but the end would be great. After three years of gymnastic stadiums, they have spent the history of trilogy touring at the Gocheok Sky Dome, which is 10 times the size of AX; where it accommodates 20,000 seats. As a result, the performances seem to compress the growth and maturity BTS over the three years. After winning the 'Top Social Artist' award at the '2017 Billboard Music Awards' in May,  releasing the 'MIC Drop' remix which recently ranked 28th on the Billboard single 'Hot 100'.

MIC Drop had a somewhat aggressiveness tendency as a team that failed to deliver the halo of its agency like other big agency 's idol group.But after receiving much attention, it was a song that made them happier without any more anger and sorrow.

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Thereafter, a set list of the dynamic growth narratives of BTS was compressed. As a team based on black music, "We are BTS", "Hip-hop" and "Cypher Medley" followed by hip-hop songs.Starting with the stage of the youngest who has revealed his enthusiasm for not being tired of being seven, he solved memories with his piano and wrapped up his character and intuition. It was a time to get a glimpse of his personal history.

After the last song, 'Blood Sweat and Tears' in the performance, the guys have a chance to meet up with the fans by singing "You Never Walk Alone" in a moving car at Encore. At the end of "Born Singer," the members burst into tears. J-Hope stated, "Thank you very much for being with us."


"Billboard 200"- they were the first Korean singers to enter the 4th consecutive 'Billboard 200', with 'Love Your Self' winner, 'Billboard 200' K-pop group's first single performance at the '2017 American Music Awards' (AMAs) held at the Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre last month. The end of the last chapter of the first part of BTS, which has been playing K-pop history of this year.

BTS's producer Bang Shin Hyuk said, "I would like to be a model for BTS success story. The concert was also a well-woven prologue." PD Bang been dealing with youths that have not been noticeable in the idol market. It is interesting to see Bang has a lot of planning scope and how BTS boys will be handling in the future.





Reviews on The Unit and Mix Nine survival programs.

The trend of survival programs continue with The Unit: Idol Reboot Project and Mix Nine have contestants battling to get a spot on the top 10 positions.

What I can see from The Unit program, mentors Rain, Taemin, Hwang Chi Yeol, Jo Hyun Ah and San-E were considered more lenient in terms of coaching and nagging at the lack of skills teams.  The recent restart missions have the contestants choosing to dance the songs by their seniors. Unit Orange covered EXO's Monster dance and won it overall with its leading Donghyun. Unit White covered BTS's Fire with Suwoong winning high votes

For the female teams- Unit Green delivering Mamamoo's You're The Best won first place with Spica's Yang Ji Won as first. As overall the leading are Timoteo, U-Kiss Jun, Boyfriend's Donghyun and Bigstar's Feeldog In terms of dance- Ji Won lacked a lot as she often missed a beat. Timoteo's good in dance but vocals wise he is just average- pardon me...I wonder if the voters are just biased with him as Taemin's best friend. Personally I think Feeldog should be in the top two. He's a caring, genuine leader and best dancer. As for female, no doubt should be Melody Day's Ye-Eun is the most powerful vocal. 

As for Mix Nine, mentors such as Han Dong Kyun, Swing, Suran along with judges CEO Yang Hyun Suk, CL, Zion T and WINNER's Minho, things were harsher in this program. YG can be direct and mean towards the trainees he is scouting for the project. The top male and female contestant are Woo Jin Young and Shin Ryu Jin. Episode 5-6 featured the position battle among male and female groups. The boys group won by 1 vote. I must say I am impressed with the performance put up by the male contestants. Vocal group who belted out DBSK's Love In the Ice caught my attention. I was a Cassiopeia fan in those days of DBSK hay days.No doubt it's hard to beat Junsu's angelic and Jaejoong's soulful voices but these guys did it so well.

And what's more 2PM's My House dance cover was very sexy and charismatic. Love the choreography and the boys delivered it well on stage capturing 5000+ votes compared to the female's TWICE Knock Knock cover version. Meh...I am sorry, it's just that the female groups were not as exciting as it is. Except the female team who sang Ailee's Singing Got Better...sttill they lost out to the powerful team cover of DBSK's Love In the Ice.









Thursday, December 7, 2017

I'm Not a Robot premieres at 4.5% ratings.

Ah, another drama by Yoo Seung Ho...this boy has grown so much...oops, he's no longer a boy. At the age of 24, he is now a fine young matured actor yet he possesses the charm for the audience. MBC's new drama I'm Not a Robot (play by Kim Sun Mi, directed by Jung Dae Yoon) is quite an interesting drama whereby a rich CEO is allergic to human contact. 

Kim Min Kyu (played by Yoo) is a rich entrepreneur of a large company with big mansion, servants, lots of toys to play, money but he's rather lonely in a sense he has to do everything by himself. He has a unique problem- he's allergic to humans! Literally he cannot have any direct contact with any human being. No medicine could cure him. 

He encountered Ji Ah (played by Chae Soo Bin) once and both have a big misunderstanding. She thinks he is a con-man who doesn't want to pay for the figurine she bought for him. He is annoyed the toy box didn't come as the original package and doesn't want any contact with her at all. Then comes a world genius professor Hong Baek Kyun (played by Uhm Ki Joon) introducing a great and Artificial Intelligence and android robot Aji-3 to Min Kyu. 

Min Kyu is interested to know more about Aji-3 that resembles like a real woman. He instructs Hong's squad- Santa Maria Team to send Aji-3 to his house for a test before he decides to invest in their project. Coincidentally Aji-3 broke down because of some water spill in the dungeon, so Hong quickly contacted his ex-girlfriend Ji Ah for a favour. He knows she requires money and gives her a mission. Santa Maria Team trains and disguises Ji Ah as Aji-3 to send to Min Kyu's mansion. Ji Ah was rather shocked to see her new 'boss' turns out to be Min Kyu who refuses to pay her for the figurine toy. He was also stunned to see the weird behaviour by Aji-3. 

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