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Pop Culture & Society
Modernizing the hanbok
by | February 2, 2008 | 63 Comments
I don’t really care about fashion much, and I don’t blog about it, but I saw various mentions on the interwebs of Canadian actress Sandra Oh‘s above tribute to the hanbok, or traditional Korean dress, which she wore to the SAG awards earlier this week. The look was deemed worthy fodder for fugging on Go... More »


Celebrity News
Daniel Henney’s new girlfriend?
by | February 1, 2008 | 58 Comments
Shh, listen. Carefully. Do you hear those grievous wails and that gnashing of teeth? That is the sound of fangirly hearts breaking. Read it and weep, ladies. Heartthrob Daniel Henney has been photographed with an unrecognized woman by paparazzi, and the resultant internet frenzy to identify the woman is ongoing. For once, netizens are refraining... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #15
by | February 1, 2008 | 43 Comments
Wow, I totally missed my blog’s first anniversary (sometime mid-January, although the actual start date’s a little hazy). I don’t really think it’s a big deal, except that it’s kind of weird to think that I’ve been at this consistently for a year now. It kind of feels like I’ve been doing this ages longer.... More »


Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 10
by | January 31, 2008 | 51 Comments
The cliffhangers at the ends of odd-numbered episodes never bother me, because I can wait a day to find out what happens next. The ones at the end of EVEN-numbered episodes, however! They are another beast altogether. And I do mean beast.   SONG OF THE DAY My Aunt Mary – “원” (wish) [ zShare... More »


Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 9
by | January 30, 2008 | 39 Comments
Episode 9 kicks off what seems to be phase two of the drama. The previous political intrigues and conflicts are still here, of course, but we introduce a few more elements and move forward into the next stage of the hero-making lore. Oh, and Gil Dong gets a haircut. He’s still rocking the perm, though.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Hong Gil Dong finds fans in Japan
by | January 30, 2008 | 18 Comments
I could kinda guess Hong Gil Dong had carved out its niche of Japanese fans just from the increased site referrals here from Japanese sites and websurfers, but the following puts it into plain terms: Positive reaction to Hong Gil Dong in Japan: “A funky drama that exceeds expectations” The KBS2 drama Hong Gil Dong,... More »


Celebrity News
News bites: January 29, 2008
by | January 29, 2008 | 7 Comments
SES lead singer Bada gave a performance as lead character Esmerelda in the musical Notre Dame de Paris on the 26th to positive reviews, particularly in the dance segments. Guess all that pop-star training came in handy. Ha Jiwon takes on a role as a pianist in the film co-starring Cha Tae Hyun (My Sassy... More »


Kpop News
Ivy resurfaces
by | January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments
Where’s pop singer Ivy‘s “Leave Britney alone” guy when she needs one? She’s had a pretty tough year, what with the allegedly violent and angry ex-boyfriend blackmailing her regarding an alleged sex tape that never materialized, and the subsequent airing out of the relationship’s dirty laundry, including accusations of cheating with fellow pop singer Wheesung.... More »


Celebrity News
Celebrity couple adopts again
by | January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments
Who else looks at celebrity power couple Cha In Pyo and Shin Aera and remembers the old-school hit drama they were in together back when they were both young new faces, Love Is In Your Arms [Sarang eul gudae eui poom ahn ae]? I think it’s rather amazing they’ve stayed married (and both working over... More »


Kpop News
Jang Geun Seok rocks Black ‘N Jean, “Black Engine”
by | January 27, 2008 | 78 Comments
Seriously, if there’s one thing Korea knows how to do right, it’s branded entertainment. They did it with the Anycall series (Anyclub, Anymotion, Anyband), and many of their commercial ad campaigns and music videos are high-profile and large-scale, practically like mini-movies in and of themselves. This time, the male cosmetics line Black ‘N Jean has... More »


Celebrity News
The brainiacs among us — stars with high IQs
by | January 27, 2008 | 42 Comments
After it became known that announcer Han Joon Ho is a member of Mensa — the group open only to those with high IQs (specifically, those who score above the 98th percentile on standardized IQ tests) — interest arose in the topic of celebrity IQs. For reference, the average IQ is 100, although the range... More »